The eight local companies involved: Channel Technologies Group, Citrix, Deckers Outdoor Corporation, Ergomotion, Mentor, Network Hardware Resale, Pacific Diagnostics and Yardi Systems were able to collectively bring in 25,276 pounds of food, 44 turkeys, 264 hours of service, and $42,033.38 in donations.
Each of the participating companies played an important role in the Foodbank’s goal of increasing food security and greatly contributed to the need this holiday season.
· Based on a point system relative to the number of employees, Network Hardware Resale claimed this year’s winning title with $3,119.32 raised, 41.5 volunteer hours served, 40 turkeys collected, and through harvesting over 19,000 pounds of locally grown tangerines for the Foodbank to secure the win.
· Deckers, a two-time winner of the Challenge, provided the highest number of volunteer hours, and matched all employee gifts, even tripling some.
· Citrix rallied this year by bringing in over $19,000 in financial donations and 100 volunteer hours.
· Ergomotion, a first time contender, made the best use of their “virtual food drive” tools and, with the fewest number of employees proved to be extremely competitive;
· Yardi collected the most nonperishable goods, harvesting fruit and making generous financial gifts;
· Channel Technologies, also a first time contender, brought in a substantial amount of financial gifts;
· Pacific Diagnostic made it count with their first ever food donation; and
· Mentor brought in a significant amount of nonperishable goods as well.
“Every pound, dollar, and volunteer hour truly does count and we commend all of the corporations for their generosity,” said Erik Talkin, CEO, Foodbank of Santa Barbara County. “What an amazing gift our Corporate Food & Funds Drive Challenge participants have given to our community through our programs and our network of 300 nonprofits and programs this holiday season.”
About the Foodbank of Santa Barbara County:
The Foodbank is celebrating over 30 years of eliminating hunger and food insecurity by distributing nutritious food, education, and other resources through its own programs and through a network of 300 member non-profit agencies and programs in Santa Barbara County. In 2012, the Foodbank distributed 11 million pounds of food - translating into more than 8.5 million meals - of which fully half was fresh produce. This served over 102,000 unduplicated people from Carpinteria to Santa Maria, an amazing 1 in 4 people. For the fifth consecutive time, the Foodbank has recently been given a 4-star rating from Charity Navigator, America’s largest and most-utilized independent evaluator of charities. Only 4% of the charities rated have received at least 5 consecutive 4-star evaluations, indicating that Foodbank of Santa Barbara County outperforms most other charities in America. For more information visit www.foodbanksbc.org.