In this feature, the MBA spotlights some of the good deeds
MBA attorneys do that you might not have heard about.
Kerri Quintal of the Law Office of Kerri A.
Quintal PC, in North Attleboro, is helping to raise money for the
Kids Summer Café, an organization in Attleboro that feeds hungry
children in the summertime who normally receive free school lunches
during the school year. There are four locations for children 18
and under. Quintal's practice involves working with families in
both family law and criminal defense, and she often dedicates much
of her pro bono efforts to either families or children. In the past
she has done things like feed families for the holidays, winter
drives, and Quintal's Quest To Feed The Hungry.
In her own words
"I got involved with Kid's Summer Cafe when I found out that
there are a number of children, about 500 per week, that need food.
There are some federal monies available, however not enough to
cover the children's lunches. The federal reimbursement rate is
somewhere around the vicinity of $2.80, and the lunches are
actually costing the program about $8 or $9 each. In addition to
that, we try to add an activity for the children so that there is
no stigma associated with receiving a free lunch.
One of the reasons that I got involved is because children who
suffer from malnutrition generally do not do as well in school and
therefore other issues stem from going hungry. As of Friday, Aug.
5th, we have raised over $18,000 from local businesses and/or
individuals. We have teamed up with the Attleboro Area Council of
Churches' Food and Services program so that donations may be tax
deductable. Our campaign has also reached states other than
Massachusetts. Two young children 17 and 13 from Londonderry, New
Hampshire, raised money by baking cookies and selling them
individually to make $78.00."