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The Adams and Reese Columbia office raised food and financial support for the Backpack Buddies program at WA Perry Middle School from April 28 through May 9. The Backpack Buddies program focuses on reducing the issue of weekend hunger for children in the community by delivering backpacks full of food to students who are on free or reduced lunch through their local school districts. 

Adams and Reese attorneys and staff were able to fill six boxes weighing approximately 200 pounds of food.  The office also provided the Backpack Buddies program with $120 in financial support to purchase additional materials and supplies.

Additionally, on Saturday, May 10th, Adams and Reese attorneys and staff and their families volunteered at the Assembly Street Post Office in Columbia, as a part of the National Association of Letter Carriers’ annual food drive, Stamp Out Hunger. For more than five hours, postal workers from across the region brought truckloads of food to the Assembly Street Post Office for sorting. 

Together with postal workers and food bank volunteers and employees, including Chief Operating Officer Chris Daley, Adams and Reese volunteers collected and organized 18,369 pounds of food to benefit Harvest Hope, a local food bank. 

Adams and Reese employees and their families who attended the event included:  Kirby Shealy, Dawn and Adam Hardesty, Lindsey Livingston, Lorenzo Scriven (family and friends), Lyndey Zwing, Ursula Veguilla and family, Rob and Joy Bethea and family, Victoria Moody and Chris Cordoni. 

The Adams and Reese employee volunteer program, HUGS (Hope, Understanding, Giving, and Support), was founded in 1988 and has since devoted financial resources and thousands of volunteer hours to offer assistance to those in need. Every year throughout Adams and Reese’s regional footprint, employees donate time, money and supplies to more than 200 community organizations in need.