Another Successful Year for Scouting for Food


By Sean Smith

Peanut butter. Soup. Tuna. Diapers. Cereal.

It sounds like a weekly grocery list, but it was actually the shopping list pulled together by everybody at Schneider Downs’ Pittsburgh office during this year’s Scouting for Food Drive to benefit the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

Piloted by the Boy Scouts of America, Scouting for Food provides the entire community the opportunity to participate in the region’s largest food drive. The program provides invaluable support to the Food Bank, which serves more than 120,000 people each month through its member agencies. Hundreds of companies throughout the region are active participants in Scouting for Food. At Schneider Downs, the program is also the source of a friendly internal rivalry.

Scouting for Food spawns an annual good-natured competition among the Pittsburgh office’s seven floors. Each floor creates a team, and then competes to generate the most donations. It’s not uncommon to see team members pulling up to the office and carrying cases of cereal, with hopes of throwing their floor into the top ranking. Through the spirited contest, this year’s food drive was one of our most successful ever, totaling more than 7,881 donated food units during the program.

“It’s a good thing we have a lot of accountants in the building, because we had a lot of counting to do,” said Dianna Aliucci, Human Resources Administrative Assistant and campaign organizer. “It’s heartwarming to see so many individuals participating each year.”

The 2012 competition was won by the 5th Floor, but perhaps the real winners were the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and its many agencies.

Does your company participate in Scouting for Food? We’d love to hear about your drive. Share a comment below, or shoot me an email at ssmith@schniederdowns.com.

On behalf of Schneider Downs, thanks to all of our team members who participated so enthusiastically in this year’s Scouting for Food Drive.

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