London Lawyers Feed the Hungry

London Lawyers Feed the Hungry

London Lawyers Feed the Hungry is supported by a group of committed volunteers who have made the issues of homelessness, poverty and hunger in their community a personal mission of action.

These volunteers represent lawyers, the judiciary, law enforcement personnel, crown attorneys, courthouse staff and other stakeholders. Together, they are making sure London and Middlesex-area residents have access to meal or food programs in times of need.

The London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program has provided more than $25,000 annually to most of London's "soup kitchens" and meal programs over the past decade. A Sunday night soup kitchen is also led and staffed once per month by enthusiastic volunteers.

We also provide direct funding for various meal programs, support community gardens where Londoners of modest means can grow their own food in City parks, and support classes to help low-income Londoners cook more economically and nutritiously. We help various food programs ensure adequate nutrition for children from poor families, as well.

Our signature fundraiser, Courthouse Rocks, showcases the remarkable musical talent of London's lawyers every spring, and has been organized by David Kirwin from the beginning, with the generous support of "The Honest Lawyer" restaurant and John Downing. All of London's major firms have strongly supported us. Stalwart members of the local bar such as Chris Bentley and Dan Mailer have performed every year, along with lots of up-and-coming legal stars!

By contributing more than a quarter of a million dollars to help feed London's most unfortunate citizens over the past decade, our bar has made a substantial difference.

London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Committee:

Claude Pensa, Q.C. & Elaine Pensa – Founders
Jeff Schlemmer – Chair
Rod Dale
Brenda Fuhrman
Ted Kalnins
Mana Khami
Kristin Ley
Dan Mailer
Jennifer McGill
Terrah Smith
Erin Rankin Nash
Laura Geddes
David Kirwin
J. Murray Neilson, Q.C.
Jennifer Quick
David Thompson
James Zegers
Judy Rich

Our Charity Partners

  • London Community Resource Centre - collective kitchens serving 12 local hospitality meals
  • Ark-Aid Mission - daily hospitality meal program
  • Hunger Relief Action Coalition – hot meal programs throughout the city
  • Canadian Mental Health Association - London Coffee House
  • Street Connection – food for impoverished homeless street youth
  • Glen Cairn Community Resource Centre – child youth program
  • Unity Project - for homeless relief in London London
  • Intercommunity Health Care – milk for families program
  • Sisters of St. Joseph of the Diocese of London – soup kitchen
  • Regional HIV/AIDS Connection – Country Cupboard Foodbank program
  • Boys & Girls Club of London – nutrition program
  • South London Neighbourhood Resource Centre – youth programs and services
  • St. Joseph's Hospitality Centre – milk supplies for daily breakfasts
  • St. Paul's Cathedral – monthly hospitality meal

Granting Guidelines

London Lawyers Feed the Hungry awards grants to London and Middlesex-area charitable organizations with mandates to provide hunger relief services to individuals and families in need. Local agencies can apply for a grant by filling out the Grant Application Form and returning it to the attention of Jeff Schlemmer by email jeffschlemmer@hotmail.com or by fax (519) 438-3145.

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Program Highlights

Lawyers Feed the Hungry London program revenues

For January to December 2015, London Program revenues totalled $25,338. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Lawyers Feed the Hungry London program expenses

For the period of January to December 2015, the Program provided a total of $36,721 in support payments to charitable organizations involved in hunger relief in the community. To view dollar values in the chart above, hover over one of its sections.
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Volunteers

The monthly Law Society Foundation's London hospitality meals would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers.
Meals will be served at St. Paul’s Cathedral located at 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario, on the following dates:

  • November 22, 2015
  • December 13, 2015
  • January 17, 2016
  • February 21, 2016
  • March 20, 2016
  • April 17, 2016

Come out and join the team! Volunteer shifts for the meals are from 3:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. – 7:00 p.m.
If you would like to volunteer or require further information, contact Marshall Mayne mmayne@cplaw.com.

Volunteer at Lawyers Feed the Hungry programThe London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program is always looking for enthusiastic individuals willing to contribute to their community in a concrete way. If you are interested, contact one of the following LLFH representatives listed below.


Courthouse Rocks: dkirwin@lawhouse.ca (519) 679-8800
LLFTH Committee: jeffschlemmer@hotmail.com (519) 438-2890

Volunteer relationship with the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program
The relationship between volunteers and the Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program (the Program) does not create a legally binding contract. The Program embraces volunteerism on the understanding that volunteer services are received at its sole discretion, and that any volunteer’s relationship with the Program may be terminated by either side at any time for any reason.



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Supporters

In the spring of 2003, London litigation lawyer Claude Pensa and his wife Elaine returned home from a visit to Toronto's Osgoode Hall knowing their lives had changed.

Volunteers in the London and Middlesex area for many years, Claude and Elaine had visited the Toronto Lawyers Feed the Hungry Program and resolved to help establish a similar community hunger relief service for their region.

The Pensas issued a call to action through their personal and professional networks, and within the year London Lawyers Feed the Hungry was formed. Though Elaine passed away in early 2005, Claude has continued the work they started together.

Now semi-retired from active practice and doing mediation and arbitration through ADR Chambers, Mr. Pensa devotes considerable time to the program and other community charitable work.

Others, like criminal lawyer Murray Neilson, and Brenda Fuhrman, fellow lawyer, carry on the good work in order to ensure the community meal programs continue in the future, and that Lawyers Feed the Hungry will always have a home in London.

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Upcoming Events

There are no upcoming events scheduled at this time.

Recent Events

Courthouse Rocks 2015

 In its twelfth year, Courthouse Rocks is an annual music event that showcases the musical talent of the London Legal Community. The London Lawyers Feed the Hungry Committee has established its Courthouse Rocks event as an important community charity fundraiser.  This year’s event raised approximately $15,000 for London Lawyers Feed the Hungry. All money goes to community organizations that work directly with people who need our help the most.

This year’s show featured performances by:

• Noorloos & Noorloos
• Janet Clermont
• Mailer and Campbell
• William Doran
• La Canandian Musique
• Lisa Kwasek
• Stompin' David Kirwin
• The Canadian Smoke Balls
• Scott Szeryk
• Rockinitis
• The Load Dufferin Street Band
• The Wylde Stallions of Sable Island

We would like to thank the following:

Sponsors

Gold

Lerners LLP
Cohen Highley LLP

Silver

Siskinds LLP
Beckett Professional Corporation

Bronze

Lamplighter Inns (London) Limited
Callon Dietz Incorporated
M.F Arnsby Property Management Ltd.
McLennan & Company Ltd.
Marcus & Associates LLP, Hoare Dalton
Kirwin Fryday Medcalf Lawyers LLP
David S. Thompson                                                        
Holstead & Redmond Limited                    
Claude M. Pensa
Cram & Associates          

Thank you all on behalf of the 2015 LLFTH Courthouse Rocks Committee

David Kirwin
Dan Mailer
Rob Farrington
David Thompson
Gemma Charlton
Kristin Ley
Mana Khami
Lauren Donahue
Georgia Kortas


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