NetApp Donates Refrigerated Truck to Second Harvest Food Bank to Deliver 4 Million Meals a Year
SAN JOSE, Calif-October 13,
2010-At a time when record numbers of Bay Area families
are struggling to make ends meet, Sunnyvale-based NetApp
(NASDAQ:NTAP) has donated a new 32-foot state-of-the-art,
refrigerated tractor-trailer that will enable Second Harvest Food
Bank to deliver enough food to provide 4 million nutritious meals
A beacon of philanthropic leadership, NetApp
also covered a new driver's salary, fuel, maintenance, and
insurance for a year and filled the truck with its first load of
fresh food, valued at $50,000. This gesture brought the total value
of the company's cash donation to $322,800-the single largest cash
gift in the company's history, underscoring the unprecedented need
for food in Santa Clara and San Mateo counties.
While the 350-horsepower, clean diesel
Kenworth T3 Series tractor is strong enough to carry huge loads,
the 32-foot refrigerated Wabash trailer utilizes an electric
standby plug-in to keep perishable food, such as fresh meats,
fruits, vegetables, milk, and eggs, refrigerated without using fuel
to power the fans. A truckload of food is roughly 20,000 to 30,000
pounds and is sent out five days a week so one truck can distribute
over 5 million pounds per year-enough food for 4 million meals.
Second Harvest CEO Kathy Jackson remarked, "I
think what people respond to with Second Harvest, particularly
corporate partners, is the fact that we're really, really
efficient. 95 cents of every dollar goes to programs that feed
hungry people. That's an incredible level of efficiency."
This trust has fueled NetApp's unique
relationship with the Food Bank. Since 1997, NetApp and its
generous employees have raised over $1.8 million for Second
Harvest. This equates to over 3.6 million meals provided to our
neighbors in need.
Having just finished up year three of
NetApp's five-year leadership commitment of the Share Your Lunch
summer food drive, NetApp President and CEO Tom Georgens remarked,
"We value the relationship with Second Harvest because it helps us
make our surrounding communities better places to live. It's an
important program that has measurable impact on the community, and
it's very efficient. We're proud to be part of it."
In addition to its "Volunteer Time Off"
program, which allows employees to take five full paid days off per
year during business hours to volunteer at nonprofits or schools,
NetApp also is the presenting sponsor of Second Harvest's Share
Your Lunch summer food drive, which feeds children during the
summer months when school meals aren't available.
In 2010, the Share Your Lunch drive raised
over $1 million for the Food Bank in what has become the most
successful summer food drive in the U.S., thanks to NetApp's
Second Harvest Food Bank is proud of the
support they receive from such an innovative and committed company
as NetApp. The financial donations, volunteers, and gifts-in-kind
perfectly complement our shared vision to end hunger in our
About Second Harvest Food
Second Harvest Food Bank of Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties has
been providing services to the community since 1974. They are the
single largest nonprofit provider of food to low-income households
in Santa Clara and San Mateo Counties and are the second largest
food bank in the country based on pounds distributed per person in
poverty. Distribution warehouses are located in San Jose and San
Carlos, CA. The Food Bank currently serves over 231,000 individuals
each month, the majority of which are seniors and families with
Second Harvest Food Bank
408-266-8866 ext. 279
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