MILLERSBURG -- During any given week across the state of Ohio, 230,000 people receive emergency food assistance, 35 percent of whom are children younger than 18. And 50 percent of Ohioans are left to choose between paying their heating bill and putting food on the table.
These sobering statistics and many others were identified as a result of a comprehensive study conducted by Hunger in America. The employees of Rea & Associates, a regional CPA and business consulting firm, are not content to stand idly by while members of their communities suffer. To continue the firm's efforts to make a difference in their communities, employees coordinated the 13th annual Help Can Hunger food drive among its 11 offices. This year, the Millersburg and Wooster teams donated a combined total of 3,416 pounds of food to Millersburg Church of God and Salvation Army of Wooster, respectively.
"Rea's Help Can Hunger food drive is probably one of the most anticipated firm events every year," said Don McIntosh, CPA, Rea's CEO. "It's so inspiring to see our people step up to make a difference in this way, not because they have to but because they genuinely want to. Investing and giving back to our community has always been one of our core values and I'm proud to see that this value continues to resonate."
The Help Can Hunger campaign takes the form of a friendly competition among Rea's 11 offices. Employees are encouraged to donate food, money and time to the cause. Every dollar raised counts as two pounds of food. Firm-wide, the Rea team donated 29,175 pounds of food during this year's event. Over the course of the food drive's 13-year history, more than 225,000 pounds of food have been collected and donated to local not-for-profit organizations throughout Ohio. Those organizations go on to disperse the resources to individuals and families in need of assistance.
Rea & Associates, Inc. is a regional CPA and consulting firm with more than 200 bright professionals in 11 offices throughout Ohio. Since 1938, Rea has provided a wide range of accounting services to businesses, individuals with means and those with dreams. Today, the firm sits on Accounting Today's list of Top 100 accounting firms and is the go-to resource for thousands of businesses and individuals nationwide. Rea offers a brighter way to its clients in the construction, government, healthcare, manufacturing, oil & gas and not-for-profit industries -- as well as family businesses -- through innovative accounting, audit, tax and consulting services. For more information about Rea & Associates, please call 614-889-8725 or visit www.reacpa.com.