When it comes to March food drives, Widseth Smith Nolting’s eight offices stoke interoffice rivalries to fire up donations. Dubbed “The Hunger Games” in 2014, the competitive spirit continues to grow with each office jockeying to claim top figures for food and monetary donations for their local food shelves. There’s even a traveling trophy with engraved nameplates of each year’s winning office.
This year the traveling trophy is staying put. The East Grand Forks office has come out on top for the second year in a row.
Each office collects a combination of food and cash donations, often hosting events to increase participation and encourage giving. WSN’s East Grand Forks office served Tacos in a Bag at East Grand Forks City Hall, inviting city employees to enjoy lunch for a free-will donation of money or non-perishable food. Employees participated in internal activities, as well, to boost donations of food and cash.
For WSN’s interoffice competition, each dollar collected is counted as five pounds. At the end of the food drive on March 29, each office calculated its total pounds then averaged that figure per employee. This year, East Grand Forks bested the seven other WSN offices with an impressive average of 347 pounds per employee.
Firmwide, food donations totaled 3,387 pounds, and $4,941 in cash was collected. Using the formula, above, that’s more than 140 pounds per employee. The competitive spirit is all in good fun among WSN’s 200 employees, but the true winners are the local food shelves in each of the firm’s communities.