Friendly competition supports Georgia’s food banks, whose needs are greater than ever due to the pandemic.
ATLANTA, GA, October 06, 2021 /24-7PressRelease/ — The Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA) and the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA) are pleased to announce that the eighth annual Accounting Food Fight raised a grand total of $346,288.81 – the equivalent of 1,385,155 meals.
This year, over 66 accounting firms and industry accounting departments representing over 7,747 members of the industry virtually competed in the annual Accounting Food Fight from August 10-21.
Anna Abernathy LLC won the honor of Grand Prize Food Fight Hero, raising $9,240.00 and earning the most points per employee statewide. The Grand Prize Hunger Champion Winner is Nichols, Cauley & Associates raising $48,013.92 with the most points overall statewide. To view a full list of the 2021 Accounting Food Fight winners by category, please visit http://www.gscpa.org.
The Accounting Food Fight is timed each year to restock the food banks after the summer surge they experience due to the conclusion of the school year (and school lunch assistance programs). During the friendly two-week competition, accounting professionals compete to raise funds for nine food banks across the state. All funds raised by each team stay local and benefit the food bank that serves its community.
“Each year of The Georgia Accounting Food Fight, we come together as a profession to serve the communities we live in and show our dedication to the people within them.” said Boyd E. Search, CAE, President & CEO of The Georgia Society of CPAs. “GSCPA is proud of the record-breaking numbers our members made possible this year with a total of $102,872.65 being raised in the last twenty-four hours.”
In addition to the summer surge, Georgia’s food banks have continued to respond to an increased need as a result of the ongoing pandemic. Due to the economic effects of COVID-19, more than 42 million people are expected to continue experiencing food insecurity, including a potential 13 million children. Fundraisers like the Georgia Accounting Food Fight are more crucial than ever.
“The staff of the Georgia Food Bank Association cannot find words to express how thankful we are to the remarkable team at The Georgia Society of CPAs for, once again, participating in our annual Food Fight,” said Danah Craft, Executive Director of the Georgia Food Bank Association. “We would like to congratulate Georgia’s accounting industry for raising a record-breaking amount of funds this year, making it our most successful Food Fight to date. This accomplishment is no small feat, as it will provide over 1.3 million meals to individuals and families who need it the most. The generosity of Georgia’s accounting industry both stuns and encourages us, especially during these uncertain times.”
Since its inception in 2014, the Georgia Accounting Food Fight has collectively raised $1,439,095 – the equivalent of 5,797,463 meals for the state’s food banks.
About The Georgia Society of CPAs (GSCPA)
The Georgia Society of CPAs is the premier professional organization for CPAs in the state of Georgia. With nearly 13,500 members throughout the state, the purpose of GSCPA is to achieve excellence by providing superior advocacy, leadership, service, lifelong learning, and personal and professional development opportunities. For more information, visit www.gscpa.org.
About the Georgia Food Bank Association (GFBA)
The Georgia Food Bank Association is comprised of seven regional food banks who together are leading a statewide effort to end hunger in Georgia. Working through nearly 2,000 partner agencies and pantries, the food banks distribute more than 140 million pounds of food across the state. For more information, visit georgiafoodbankassociation.org.
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