heritage-logo.gifLynchburg, Virginia Heritage High School will be the recipient of a $25,000 donation for science scholarships from food safety law firm Marler Clark. The Seattle-based law firm works nationwide on behalf of victims of foodborne illness, and represented many in the 2008-2009 outbreak of Salmonella in peanut products produced by the Peanut Corporation of America (PCA) that was headquartered in Lynchburg.

“We represented dozens of people sickened by PCA products, including families that lost family members to the outbreak,” said Marler Clark managing partner Bill Marler. “An enormous amount of sickness and loss was caused by PCA ignoring good food safety practices – which is why we need regulation with enforcement. The Food Safety Modernization Act (S. 510) would facilitate the identification—and if necessary, closure—of businesses that endanger public health. We also feel that it is best to invest in the next generation, and encourage them to take the fight forward. This scholarship donation is our way of doing that.”

  • Jeff Almer

    I applaud this grand donation and think it will be very beneficial in teaching our young impressionable people. Congrats to Marler/Clark for recognizing where our problems lie and being proactive about change.

  • Gil Ramirez


  • Randy Napier

    We, that have lost family members to the PCA outbreak, applaud Marler/Clark. I also admire the statement of the location in which you chose. Those young people will benefit from your charitable donation. This is the right step to a better tomorrow. Way to go…

  • Tammy Morrill

    This is such terrific news! As the mom of two small children, as an educator, and as a victim of the PCA outbreak I am so thankful that students will in some way benefit and be made aware of the heartache and suffering endured by so many. We can only hope that legislation such as S.510 passes so that we can better protect our children and families, but in the mean time what a wonderful gift from Marler Clark.

  • Larry and Karen Andrew

    Your thoughtful donation is very meaningful to those of us affected by the PCA poisoning and the criminal acts of Stewart Parnell. It is only a matter of time before our food safety controls and sanctions are strengthened and it is most likely that the younger generation will make it happen as a result of improved education efforts.

  • E. Carter

    The firm has worked on behalf of many, this is another tribute of the firm to
    a cause of passion to find and fight against food contamination. Their tireless
    efforts are very much appreciated, by all who know them.

  • Gabrielle and Daryl Meunier

    We hope the people of Lynchburg recognize the statement in this generous scholarship and put it to good use. Perhaps the children will teach their forefathers better food safety. Thanks to Bill Marler for all he has done to help make the food on our tables safer.