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
Kelly Anne Fares Bannon
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 or by fax (519) 438-3145.

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Program Highlights

Lawyers Feed the Hungry London program revenues

For January to December 2017, London Program revenues totalled $17,752. 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 2017, the Program provided a total of $16,673 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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Come out and join the team! The monthly Law Society Foundation's London hospitality meals would not be possible without the dedication and commitment of our volunteers. Meals are served at St. Paul’s Cathedral located at 472 Richmond Street, London, Ontario. If you would like to volunteer or require further information, contact Marshall Mayne

We are looking for volunteers to help with the meal. We are looking for 8-10 volunteers (4-5 for each shift) to complete meal preparations from 3:00pm to 5:00pm, and to assist with serving and clean up from 5:00pm until 7:00pm.




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: (519) 679-8800
LLFTH Committee: (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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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

Courthouse Rocks XVI | 26 April 2019

This year marks the 16th anniversary of Courthouse Rocks, an annual fundraiser featuring many London lawyers in support of the London Lawyers Feed the Hungry program. Since it began, Courthouse Rocks has raised over $230,000 for hunger relief, supporting organizations that work directly with people who need our help the most.

Courthouse Rocks is actively seeking sponsors, performers and volunteers for this years event. If you are interested in performing or helping out, contact James Zegers at

To learn more about sponsorship opportunities or if you or your firm would like to sponsor the 2019 event, contact David Kirwin at




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