The Georgia Society of CPAs is uniting accountants in the Peach State in a friendly competition to support Georgia’s eight regional food banks.

The GSCPA is inviting accounting firms and industry accounting departments statewide to participate in the two-week competition to address hunger in Georgia.

In the first year of the annual campaign, 9,600 members from 51 firms statewide raised $97,254 and nearly 10,000 pounds of food for Georgia’s food banks. This year, the goal is to raise $125,000 and 12,500 pounds of food.

Competing firms will conduct a food and fund drive at their offices from Aug. 17-28. The food bank will weigh the food collected, and each pound of food will count as one point. Each dollar contributed will count as four points. Winners will be announced on Sept. 10. The firm with the most points will win bragging rights and special promotion.

Across Georgia, the GSCPA noted, 28 percent of children are food insecure, and nearly 19 percent of the state’s overall population struggles with hunger. Through the Georgia Accounting Food Fight, the GSCPA hopes to make a tremendous impact on the lives of families, children and individuals struggling to make ends meet.

“Food is one of our most basic needs and yet too many families struggle to know where their next meal is coming from” said GSCPA CEO Boyd Search in a statement. “By joining the Georgia Accounting Food Fight, we can demonstrate the strength, commitment and care of our profession while making an incredible impact in our community. We can use our one voice to give hope to so many in need.”

To sign up to participate in the Georgia Accounting Food Fight, click here or call the Georgia Food Bank Association at (404) 909-5343.