CHARLESTON, W.Va. -- Tanya Cayton said after taking several hundred pounds of non-perishable foods to a pantry for donation several years ago, she was amazed at how much people needed it.
"I saw one man, who was very clean, very well dressed. He had been laid off from work a few weeks before and you could tell how prideful he was," said Cayton, the marketing director for the law office of McNeer, Highland, McMunn and Varner.
"He talked about how he always made X amount of money and had a wife and children and that he had never had to do this before," she said.
That stuck with her and other members of her law firm, who are now in their third year of organizing the "Legal Food Frenzy."
This year, the food drive is being held statewide, with more than 20 law firms taking part.
During the two-week collection period, attorney's offices are used as drop-off locations for non-perishable foods. The firms then choose a local food pantry where they would like to donate the items, Cayton said.
Mary Binns-Davis, an attorney in the firm Cayton works for, got the idea from a similar event held in Virginia. Cayton said the firm started a competition among 15 law offices in Berkeley County in 2011, which raised more than 13,000 pounds of food.
The timing of the event being held in the summertime is most important, Cayton said.