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Letter to the Editor
Monday, July 14, 2014, 9:00 p.m.

It was with great sadness that the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank staff, board of directors and volunteers learned of the passing of Richard Scaife. Mr. Scaife was one of our most stalwart supporters, giving through his various foundations and personal wealth more than $1.8 million over the past 10 years to help feed the hungry of our region.

These gifts were not always responses to food bank requests. Often they came from Mr. Scaife unsolicited and unrestricted, given to the food bank to use as we saw fit as long as his contribution was sure to help ease the suffering of those less fortunate.

I can recall, for example, that shortly after the current recession began in December 2007, the food bank received a sizable and unexpected check from Mr. Scaife with a simple note: “People must be hurting.”

Mr. Scaife never sought recognition for all he did for our organization. Still, the food bank recognized Mr. Scaife's generosity and support in 2009 with an award honoring his commitment to helping hungry men, women and children throughout Southwestern Pennsylvania.

It was a small token of appreciation for a man who did so much for Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank and those we serve.

His friendship will be missed.

On behalf of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank family, of which Mr. Scaife was a valued member, I extend our deepest sympathies to his family and friends.

Lisa A. Scales

The writer is CEO of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank.

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