The Michigan-based Center for Civil Justice (CCJ) recently received the prestigious Wellstone-Wheeler Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award at the National Anti-Hunger Policy Conference in Washington D.C.
CCJ, a nonprofit law firm with offices in Flint and Saginaw, was honored for its hunger relief efforts, including the operation of a statewide food and nutrition helpline designed to assist low-income families and individuals with questions or problems concerning Food Stamp eligibility or benefits. CCJ is a partner in the statewide Access to Justice Campaign, along with the State Bar of Michigan, the Michigan State Bar Foundation, and other civil legal service providers. The goal of the Access to Justice Campaign is to raise funds to improve access to justice for low-income people with civil legal needs in Michigan.
The Dr. Raymond Wheeler/Senator Paul Wellstone Anti-Hunger Advocacy Leadership Award is named after Dr. Raymond Wheeler, a physician whose findings about hunger led to the expansion of the Food Stamp Program in the late 1960s, and Former U.S. Senator Paul Wellstone, who challenged his colleagues in Congress to reject stereotypes and misinformation about low-income people in America.
"The State Bar congratulates Terri Stangl and her staff and board of directors at the Center for Civil Justice," said State Bar President Charles Toy. "By providing great legal services and working with community organizations to improve the quality of life for low-income people, CCJ demonstrates the value of the Access to Justice programs in Michigan."
"We are honored to receive this prestigious award," said Stangl, executive director of CCJ. "We are proud of the impact our efforts to reduce hunger in Michigan have had. We are humbled by the recognition of our efforts, grateful for our many partners in this work, and will continue to dedicate ourselves to assisting low-income individuals."