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SpareFoot Spearheads Startup Food Drive

Chuck Gordon, CEO and Co-Founder of SpareFoot, courtesy photo by SpareFoot

Chuck Gordon, CEO and Co-Founder of SpareFoot, courtesy photo by SpareFoot

SpareFoot, an innovative startup in the storage business, has launched a food drive to benefit the Capital Area Food Bank in Austin just in time for Thanksgiving.

The company has so far brought in more than 800 food items such as cans and other non-perishable goods, which is about four times as much as its goal from last year.

“There has been a major focus this year on monetary donations after speaking with the food bank and learning that for every $1.00 donated they could turn that into 3.5 pounds of food with their different partnerships,” said David Berns, one of the food drives organizers. “Our monetary donations are currently $3,125 which the Capital Area Food Bank will be able to turn into 10,937.5 pounds of food.”

So far, the most popular canned goods donated are corn and green beans.

“I think most people are choosing things they have at their Holiday dinners themselves,” Berns said.

This is the second year SpareFoot has been doing a food drive during the holidays.

In addition to SpareFoot, several other Austin startups joined the CANpaign and are collecting can goods for the Capital Area Food Bank. The other companies include Main Street Hub, The Zebra, BuildASign.com, Digital Union, UnLtd USA, WP Engine, Pingboard and Net Impact Austin.

The team at SpareFoot that raises the most donations gets to decide who at SpareFoot gets to wear a turkey costume for a day.

“With our mantra of work hard, play hard in mind we set to work thinking of some fun ways to make our food drive special this year and ended up with the idea of dividing the company into teams and letting the winning team pick a co-worker to wear a lovely Turkey costume for a day,” Berns said. On Friday at midnight when the final donations are taken, the company will decide who gets to wear the suit, he said.

Rackspace Gives Back at 6th Annual Thanksgiving Food Drive

Special Contributor to Silicon Hills News

Rackspace Hosting held its 6th annual Thanksgiving food drive on Saturday at its headquarters in San Antonio.
Cars lined up along both sides of the makeshift food distribution center in Rackspace’s parking lot as the K-Rack DJ created a party atmosphere of re-mixed music. In coordination with the San Antonio Food Bank, Rackspace employees – or Rackers – prepared to distribute a thousand turkeys, as well as tea, coffee, pumpkins, watermelons, and yogurt.
Rackers also distributed 1,270 food boxes containing the rest of the Thanksgiving meal, which they had personally bought for community residents. Some Rackers had even decorated the boxes.
According to Chief Operating Officer Mark Roenigk, maintaining a fun, party-like atmosphere was a key part of the food drive.
“We like to do things that are uplifting,” Roenigk said. “We are trying to make it a fun thing. People should not feel bad that they are coming to get food for their thanksgiving.”

Stan Slimp and “Sugar Bear” dressed as turkeys with DJ Dale Bracey, photograph by Samantha Davis

Two rackers helped keep the party going by dressing up like turkeys and dancing in the front parking lot while greeting members of the community as they drove in. Resident Jana Martinez appreciated the happy mood.
“The music helps it out and everyone is so friendly,” Martinez said. “It makes it not seem like we need the help so much.”
The annual food drive was one of the largest events Rackspace had hosted this year. Fifteen hundred of the companies’ 2,800 employees were involved in the drive. The company spent $10,000 on turkeys and partnered with the San Antonio Food Bank to distribute them, and many other food items, to 1,000 families in the local community. According to Roenigk, sharing success with the community is a big deal at Rackspace.
“Our business model is very successful so we’re very, very blessed and we like to give back to the community,” Roenigk said. “We try to pick the highest impact events to serve the community of San Antonio.”
According to the San Antonio Food Bank, Rackspace’s Thanksgiving distribution event is by far the largest the food bank will do this year. Director of Community Investments Katie Ramsey said the help is sorely needed in the community.
“In November we usually get 90 people per day coming into the food bank and this year we are getting 110 people or more,” Ramsey said. “It’s just an increased need.”
Rackspace and the San Antonio Food Bank worked to meet that need by distributing 1,000 vouchers to residents of the surrounding community. Six hundred vouchers were distributed in cooperation with family specialists in local schools and 400 were distributed with the help of local non profit organizations, churches, and food pantries. Local residents appreciated the much needed support.

A local resident and her daughter happy to receive their meal, photo by Samantha Davis

“I think it’s a great thing that they’re doing here. It helps out a lot of us that can’t get certain things that we need,” Kelly Nevarro said. “It helps out a lot, these little things here, it great for the kids too.”
The food drive also got support from Roosevelt High School. A Roosevelt Junior, Jesse, volunteered to help and also recruited a few other classmates. The Roosevelt students served as Rackspace’s turkey brigade, loading turkey after turkey into the cars that pulled in.

Roosevelt High School students help load food into vehicle, photo by Samantha Davis

“It’s a great feeling inside to know that you can give something to someone who doesn’t have all the resources that you have,” said Roosevelt High School Student Carlos.
The annual Thanksgiving food drive is just one part of the much broader Rack-Gives-Back project, which is the community volunteer arm of Rackspace. In fact, there are three Rackspace employees dedicated solely to community support events. Community Affairs Specialist Cristina Ruiz said Rackspace is scheduled to have at least one major outreach event quarterly and smaller monthly events.
“We don’t just want to be a tenant,” Ruiz said. “We want to be part of the community, be a neighbor, and give back to this area.”

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