New Jersey Society of CPAs Collects More Than 3,700 Pounds of Food for NJ Food Banks 

New Jersey Society of CPAs Collects More Than 3,700 Pounds of Food for NJ Food Banks  


ROSELAND, N.J. – The New Jersey Society of CPAs’ (NJCPA) Emerging Leaders Council delivered more than 3,700 pounds of food to the Community FoodBank of New Jersey and other local food banks across the state in November, surpassing last year’s final tally of 2,900 pounds. 

The food supplies were collected at nearly 20 sites and 60 events throughout the fall. More than 70 volunteers came together to help assemble boxes, distribute food donations, and load the food trucks. NJCPA hosted its annual Night at the FoodBank, where NJCPA members and staff helped package the food supplies.

The Emerging Leaders Council takes on the project every year to help local communities in need. “It’s a wonderful way to participate and see first-hand how everyone can help in a small way towards brightening the community. Hunger is a very real issue and there is a lot of local need,” said Katherine E. Zech, CPA, chair of the NJCPA Emerging Leaders Council and accounting manager at PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP.

“We are always pleased with the amount of member involvement with the food drive. This year’s high collection number gives testament to the generous nature of our members,” added Ralph Albert Thomas, CPA (DC), CGMA, CEO and executive director at NJCPA.

Collection sites included the following: Alloy, Silverstein, Shapiro, Adams, Mulford, Cicalese, Wilson & Co; Baker Tilly; Bowman & Company LLP; Capaldi Reynolds & Pelosi CPAs, P.A.; CohnReznick LLP; Deloitte; Friedman LLP; Gold Gerstein Group LLC; LFL Veritas; Mazars USA LLP; NJCPA; PKF O’Connor Davies, LLP; SKC & Co. CPAs, L.L.C.; The Green Group; Wilkin & Guttenplan; and WithumSmith+Brown.

The NJCPA’s Emerging Leaders Council is an appointed leadership group that addresses the needs of members with up to 10 years of experience, including CPA candidates and new licensees. The Emerging Leaders Interest Group, which is open to all members, focuses on professional development, career guidance, events and networking opportunities for entry- to mid-level accounting professionals.


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The New Jersey Society of Certified Public Accountants, with nearly 15,000 members, represents the interests of the accounting profession and advances the financial well-being of the people of New Jersey. The NJCPA plays a leadership role in supporting the profession by providing members with educational resources, access to shared knowledge and a continuing effort to create and expand professional opportunities.

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