TAMPA, Fla. – Jan. 10 – GrayRobinson attorney Richard Blau, has been appointed Chairman of Feeding America Tampa Bay. As the largest food bank in Central Florida, Feeding America Tampa Bay is responsible for collecting and distributing over 60 percent of all food-related donations across 10 counties. Feeding America Tampa Bay feeds over 700,000 of Central Florida’s neediest residents. In the past 12 months, Feeding America Tampa Bay has distributed more than 30 million pounds of food – enough to provide more than a million and a half meals every month.
The team at Feeding America Tampa Bay works tirelessly to grow the organization’s capacity, increase the operation’s efficiency and adapt programs to reflect the new reality of hunger in the region. The board of directors is instrumental to achieving the food bank’s mission, and Blau is looking forward to his term as Board Chairman:
“I am confident in the food bank’s solid infrastructure, our board members’ key collaborations, and our organization’s commitment to singular stewardship for the citizens of Central Florida,” says Blau. “Our vision remains to lead the mission of ‘Ending Hunger, Nourishing Hope’ in the Tampa Bay community.”
Richard M. Blau is the chair of GrayRobinson’s Alcohol Beverage and Food Department and leads the firm’s Food Industry Team, focusing on the rules and regulations that govern the production, importation, distribution, marketing, sale and consumption of food and beverage products. Richard devotes a substantial portion of his practice to trade regulation, litigation and dispute resolution involving the hospitality industry. He has industry-specific experience in the areas of administrative practice and regulatory compliance, advertising and promotional law, importation matters, and supplier/distribution relations. An elected member of The American Law Institute, Richard is also a member of The Florida Bar, The State Bar of New York, The Bar Association of the District of Columbia, the American Bar Association, the Federal Bar Association, and the Association of Trial Lawyers of America. Richard received his B.A. from Brandeis University, and his J.D. from the Georgetown University Law Center, where he served as the Associate Editor for Topics of the Georgetown Law Journal.