Robert T. Park Steering "Lawyers Feeding Illinois"


Robert T. Park,  an attorney and shareholder with Califf & Harper, P.C., in Moline, Illinois, has been appointed as a member of the Steering Committee of Lawyers Feeding Illinois, a special project of the Illinois State Bar Association (ISBA).
 
In cooperation with Feeding Illinois, the steering committee is conducting a food and fundraising drive among Illinois lawyers to assist eight regional food banks serving Illinois and their food pantry members.  The program, which was created by ISBA President John E. Thies, of Urbana, is chaired by his wife Terry Thies.
 
"These are difficult times for many families in Illinois,” said John Thies.  "No family should lack the resources needed to put food on the table.  Our efforts will help call attention to the problem of hunger, as well as raise food supplies and funds that directly help needy families and individuals.”
 
Lawyers Feeding Illinois will kick off in mid-November with a special event at a food bank to help mobilize law firms.  Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan will join President Thies, Terry Thies, and other ISBA leaders, at the launch.  The food and fundraising drive will take place the final week in February 2013.
 
"Many organizations and individuals conduct food drives over the holidays,” said Terry Thies.  "By scheduling this event at the end of February, we hope to underscore the need for food donations and fundraising year-round.”
 
Mr. Park received his B.A. in Political Science from the University of Illinois in 1968 and his J.D. from the University of Illinois College of Law in 1973.  Mr. Park has practiced law in the Quad Cities for 39 years and is the immediate Past President of the Rock Island County Bar Association.
 
The 33,000-member ISBA, with offices in Springfield and Chicago, provides professional services to Illinois lawyers, and education and services to the public.
 
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About Feeding Illinois: Feeding Illinois is a coalition of eight Feeding America food banks providing food to nearly 2,000 food pantries, soup kitchens and shelters that feed nearly 1.4 million residents across the entire state of Illinois.  Feeding Illinois is committed to educating people about the role of food banks in addressing hunger and raising awareness of the need to devote more resources and attention to hunger issues.  Feeding Illinois is made up of Central Illinois Foodbank, Eastern Illinois Foodbank, the Greater Chicago Food Depository, Northern Illinois Food Bank, the Peoria Area Food Bank, River Bend Foodbank in Moline, the St. Louis Area Foodbank and Tri-State Foodbank.