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The law firm of Adams and Reese has made a $3,520 donation to the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank following the historic August 2016 flooding that devastated thousands in southern Louisiana and heavily flooded the Food Bank’s Fraenkel Center facility. The firm’s donation will help the Food Bank continue its flood recovery efforts after it lost more than 575,000 pounds of food and nearly all of its operating assets.

Adams and Reese Baton Rouge attorney Kellen J. Mathews, a member of the Food Bank’s Board of Directors, presented the donation check last week to Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank CEO Mike Manning.

The Food Bank’s South Choctaw Drive facility took in 4 feet of water and ultimately lost everything, including its computers, office furniture, warehouse equipment, all but one delivery truck, and more than 575,000 pounds of purchased and donated food. The Food Bank relocated operations to two temporary warehouses to continue distributing food to affected areas and through its member agencies.

Recently, the Food Bank moved operations back to the warehouse at the Fraenkel Center, with offices located in temporary office trailers outside the facility. Clean-up and rebuilding is ongoing with the help of many volunteers and community donations. Through it all, the Food Bank has continued serving those in need in its 11-parish service area and providing food to more than 115 agency partners

Adams and Reese’s Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank donation is one of many monetary donations raised by employees after the historic August flooding. Following the flood, firm employees organized fundraising initiatives in all 16 Adams and Reese offices through its corporate philanthropy program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving and Support), with the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank among the benefactors.

The Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank is a nonprofit organization that provides services across 11 different parishes. The organization solicits, inventories and distributes donated products to more than 115 member agencies that directly serve people facing hard times. In 2015, the Greater Baton Rouge Food Bank distributed more than 8.7 million meals.