NEW PHILADELPHIA -- As many Ohioans struggle to find food each day, Rea & Associates, a regional CPA and business consulting firm, spent the past month collecting food and raising money -- totaling 16,360 pounds of food -- for the firm's 10th annual "Help Can Hunger" food drive. This year the firm's administration and New Philadelphia teams, as well as Rea affiliate, Investment Partners, LTD, donated a total of 4,300 pounds of food to Share-A-Christmas and the Dover-New Philadelphia Food Pantry. (This total also includes cash donations; each dollar donated was counted as two pounds of food in the final tally.)

Employees from each of the firm's 11 Ohio offices donated canned food, money and time as part of the drive. In the 10 years the firm has coordinated the food drive, it has donated more than 31,000 pounds of food to individuals and organizations in need throughout Ohio.

"I'm grateful for the employees who donated their resources and time to support those in our community who are in need," said Greg Goodie, CPA, office manager for the New Philadelphia office. "Investing and giving back to our community is in our firm's DNA, and we look forward to doing what we can to help curb hunger in each of our communities."

Each year the offices hold a friendly competition to see which office can collect the most pounds of food per employee. The firm's Lima office won top honors this year with an average of 132 pounds per person.

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 information about Rea & Associates, call 330-339-6651 or visit www.reacpa.com.