July 6, 2016 — The University of Houston Law Center won the "Best Law School Award—Best achievement by a law school" in the inaugural "Food from the Bar" campaign by the Houston Food Bank.
"Participating in "Food From the Bar" gave the University of Houston Law Center the opportunity to connect with the Houston community by contributing to the laudable and ongoing effort of feeding those in need," said Mybao Nguyen, director of Business Operations, on behalf of the Law Center's Staff Council. "Charitable events like this allow us to be a part of the greater good and to do our part as humanitarians. Though our contribution may be small in the big scheme of things, it is a blessing to be in a position to be able to give back and make a difference in the lives of others."
According to the Houston Food Bank, 24 legal organizations participated and collected 5,066 pounds of food in addition to raising $96,061 in contributions. Food Bank officials said the donations will generate nearly 375,000 meals for the community.
"The event achieved double what we thought we'd raise in the first year, and based on results from mature programs in other cities, we are very excited about the potential for "Food from the Bar" in Houston," said Brian Greene, president/CEO of Houston Food Bank. "Houston Food Bank cannot thank the local legal community enough for hard its work and generosity."
There were also "Food from the Bar" collections in Los Angeles, San Francisco and Washington, D.C.
"The event was timed to raise critical resources just before summer break, the time of greatest need for many local families who struggle to provide the extra food needed for children who are unable to receive breakfast and lunch at school," the Houston Food Bank noted in a statement. "Through their donations and support, the legal community helped Houston Food Bank feed more children and families in our community."