Since 2021, the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) and Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank have partnered to hold an annual food drive with all of its and Pittsburgh City League (PIAA District VIII) schools. The second annual Food Drive was held on October 10-22, 2022, with online donations being accepted before and during that period.

Schools are divided into six divisions by enrollment, and the schools tabulating the most “meals” (total between money donated and food collected) in each of those divisions are recognized at the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit as Community Champions. For financial donations, five meals can be provided for every $1.00 donated. For physical food donations, one physical food item equals one meal. The 2021 Food Drive raised just over 107,232 meals.

The 2022 Food Drive was officially announced on August 4, 2022:

A year-by-year list of total meals raised, participating schools, and more can be found below. You can find a list of Community Champions here: LINK

Year Total Meals Raised Participating Schools
2022 67,846 25
 – 11 schools provided over 1,000 meals each
 – 13 schools raised over 100 items in physical donations
 – Armstrong provided a league-high 12,392 meals
 – Yough collected a league-high 1,830 items
 – Seneca Valley (11,376), Winchester Thurston (8,614), Mohawk (5,848), and Hampton (5,233) rounded out the top five
2021 107,232 41
 – 22 schools provided over 1,000 meals each
 – 15 schools raised over 100 pounds in physical donations
 – Moon provided a league-high 19,362 meals
– Redeemer Lutheran collected a league-high 870 pounds of food

 – Seneca Valley (12,476), Knoch (7,632), Union (7,415), and Mt. Lebanon (7,490) rounded out the top five

MEDIA COVERAGE

November 30, 2022 | Armstrong student-athletes win WPIAL food drive competition (93.7 The Fan)

PRESS RELEASES

August 4, 2022 | WPIAL, Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank Team Up for League-Wide Food Drive
October 4, 2021 | WPIAL to Hold League-Wide Food Drive From October 11-23
September 27, 2021 | WPIAL Joins Food Bank Sports and Media Coalition

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