WPIAL to Hold League-Wide Food Drive From October 11-23
Monday, October 4, 2021
Pittsburgh, Pa. – The Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) announced Monday that it is teaming up with Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank to hold its inaugural league-wide food drive from Oct. 11-23.
Schools will be 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 will be announced at the end of October after totals are calculated. Winners will be recognized during the annual WPIAL Sportsmanship Summit on Nov. 17 with a banner for their achievement. Donations can be made in two ways – financial donations and physical food donations.
“We want to use our network to do good and now is the perfect time to help those in need,” said Amy Scheuneman, Executive Director of the WPIAL. “The added benefit of this project is that the ‘meals’ provided will directly impact the schools’ districts, students, and families we serve on a daily basis. Childhood hunger and food insecurity are real, and we can do something about it. Please join us in supporting this worthy cause.”
For financial donations, each school has their own donation page on Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank (pittsburghfoodbank.org/wpial) that will keep a running total. Those wanting to donate will be asked to select their school from the Pittsburgh Food Bank link. For every $1.00 donated, five meals can be provided. School totals will also be credited to their applicable food bank (ex. Funds from Westmoreland County schools will go to Westmoreland County Food Bank).
For physical food donations, with every 1.25 pounds of food donated, one meal can be provided. Schools are permitted to have multiple food collections – such as in school, at a sporting event, or during a school event – and will then have to select a time and location to drop off collected food so it can be weighed and credited towards the school’s total meals provided. Food drop-off times vary by location, and schools will have the opportunity to tour the facilities to learn more about the mission and operations of the Food Bank.
If every school raises just $500, the WPIAL Food Drive will be able to collectively support over 250,000 meals to local children, families, and seniors in need.
“As the Food Bank continues to see a 31 percent increase in the need for food security resources across the region, we are grateful for partners like the WPIAL who continue to support our mission in such meaningful ways,” said Maria Montaro, Community Fundraising Coordinator for the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. “Donating monetarily and collecting nonperishable food items is one of the best ways that you can make a difference in the lives of the children, families, and seniors we serve. Thank you to all who will be participating in the WPIAL League-Wide Food Drive to raise 250,000 meals for our neighbors in need!”
Baldwin, Bethel Park, Brashear*, Butler Area, Canon-McMillian, Connellsville Area, Franklin Regional, Fox Chapel, Gateway, Greater Latrobe, Hempfield Area, Kiski Area, Moon Area, Mt. Lebanon, North Allegheny, North Hills, Norwin, Penn Hills, Penn Trafford, Peters Township, Pine Richland, Seneca Valley, Shaler Area, Taylor Allderdice*, Upper St. Clair
Albert Gallatin, Armstrong, Belle Vernon, Carrick*, Central Catholic, Chartiers Valley, Greensburg Salem, Hampton, Highlands, Indiana Area, Knoch, Laurel Highlands, Mars Area, McKeesport Area, Montour, New Castle Area, Plum, Ringgold, South Fayette, Thomas Jefferson, Trinity, Uniontown Area, West Allegheny, West Mifflin, Woodland Hills
Ambridge Area, Beaver Area, Blackhawk, Brownsville Area, Burrell, Central Valley, Creative & Performing Arts (CAPA)*, Deer Lakes, Derry Area, East Allegheny, Elizabeth Forward, Freeport Area, Hopewell, Keystone Oaks, Lincoln Park Performing Arts, Mt. Pleasant, North Catholic, Oakland Catholic, Quaker Valley, Southmoreland, South Allegheny, South Park, Valley, Westinghouse*, Yough
Apollo Ridge, Avonworth, Beaver Falls, Bethlehem-Center, Brentwood, Carlynton, Charleroi Area, Chartiers Houston, Ellwood City, Frazier, Freedom Area, Laurel, McGuffey, Mohawk Area, Neshannock, New Brighton, Obama Academy*, Perry Traditional Academy*, Pittsburgh Science & Technology Academy*, Riverside, Seton LaSalle, Shady Side Academy, Steel Valley, Washington, Waynesburg Central
Aliquippa, Bentworth, Burgettstown Area, California Area, Carmichaels Area, Clairton, Fort Cherry, Greensburg Central Catholic, Jeannette, Jefferson Morgan, Monessen, Nazareth Prep, Northgate, Our Lady of Sacred Heart, Propel Braddock Hills, Propel Montour, Riverview, Serra Catholic, Sewickley Academy, Shenango, South Side, Springdale, Sto-Rox, University Prep Margaret Milliones*, Winchester Thurston
Aquinas Academy of Pittsburgh, Avella Area, Beaver County Christian School, Bishop Canevin, Calvary Chapel Christian, Cornell, Eden Christian Academy, The Ellis School, Geibel Catholic, Hillcrest Christian Academy, Hillel Academy of Pittsburgh, Imani Christian Academy, Leechburg, Mapletown, The Neighborhood Academy, Penn Hills Charter School Propel Andrew Streel, Redeemer Lutheran School, Rochester Area, Saint Joseph, Summit Academy, Trinity Christian School, Union Area, Western Beaver, West Greene, Young Scholars of WPACS
(* – denotes Pittsburgh City League [PIAA District VIII] school)
On Sept. 24, Scheuneman and the WPIAL joined the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank’s Sports and Media Coalition, which is a collaboration between local media and the region’s professional, NCAA Division I, high school, and other influential sports organizations. The Sports and Media Coalition’s initial goal is to ensure all youth in the region have enough healthy food to eat, and quarterly priorities during the first year include: raising awareness about existing resources to improve children’s food security, working collaboratively to reduce stigmas for kids participating in child nutrition programs, working collaboratively to promote health eating and physical activities for kids, and advocating to elected officials for strong child nutrition policies.
About the WPIAL
Founded in 1906, the Western Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic League (WPIAL) represents Pennsylvania Interscholastic Athletic Association (PIAA) District VII, which is one of the 12 districts governed by the Constitution and By-Laws of the PIAA. The WPIAL represents its member schools by promoting academics, the safety of participants, sportsmanship, citizenship, and lifelong values as the foundation of interscholastic athletics. The league holds championships for 26 different sports, and its member schools are made up of 10 state counties: Allegheny, Armstrong, Beaver, Butler, Fayette, Greene, Indiana, Lawrence, Washington, and Westmoreland.