SOURCE: SolarWinds, Inc

SolarWinds, Inc

November 30, 2010 18:30 ET

SolarWinds Partners With Capital Area Food Bank of Texas to Support Annual "Turning Hungry Holidays Into Happy Holidays" Food and Fundraising Drive

Company Issues Challenge to Local Tech Companies and Greater Community to Commit to Make This Year's Drive the Most Successful to Date

AUSTIN, TX--(Marketwire - November 30, 2010) - SolarWinds® (NYSE: SWI), a leading provider of powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 97,000 customers worldwide, today announced its support for the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas' holiday food drive and fundraising campaign, "Turning Hungry Holidays into Happy Holidays."

This year, the need for donations is greater than ever. Many Capital Area Food Bank Partner Agencies have seen a 30-40 percent increase in clients since this time last year. They are currently distributing more than two million pounds of food each month and estimate this will continue for the foreseeable future.

"Both the food and financial donations are especially valuable at this time of year, as they help us to feed more central Texans with healthy, nutritious food and turn hungry holidays into happy holidays," said Hank Perret, CAFB, Interim President and CEO.

For the past three years, SolarWinds has been supporting the local food bank through holiday food and funds drives. This year, the company increased its support by underwriting the area-wide campaign and raising the bar on its own drive campaign. The company is hoping to foster some friendly competition with other local Tech companies to benefit the worthy cause. 

"This year, the need in our community far exceeds what one company can tackle -- and so we thought what better way to put Austin's love of a little friendly competition to really good use. Regardless of who wins or loses, we want to ensure the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas, and our neighbors in need, benefits in a big way," said Kevin Thompson, SolarWinds CEO. "The SolarWinds family exceeded its goal, but we're anxious to see what the Austin community can do when put to the test."

Over a two-week period, SolarWinds employees donated more than $13,000 in cash and food donations, which will help provide:

  • 28 children with nutritious after school meals through CAFB Kids Cafe for a year
  • 122 families with food for a meal/day for a year through CAFB Mobile Food Pantry
  • Food to feed 62 seniors a meal/day for a year through CAFB HOPE program

So far, Microsoft has stepped up and committed to taking the SolarWinds challenge.

Companies interested in joining the challenge can contact Molly Robbins at the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas for more information (512-684-2531).

To help SolarWinds and the Capital Area Food Bank "Turn Hungry Holidays into Happy Holidays," learn more at www.solarwinds.com/donate and donate online at austinfoodbank.org through December 26.

About SolarWinds

SolarWinds (NYSE: SWI) provides powerful and affordable IT management software to more than 95,000 customers worldwide - from Fortune 500 enterprises to small businesses. We work to put our users first and remove the obstacles that have become "status quo" in traditional enterprise software. SolarWinds products are downloadable, easy to use and maintain, and provide the power, scale, and flexibility needed to address users' management priorities. Our online user community, thwack, is a gathering-place where tens of thousands of IT pros solve problems, share technology, and participate in product development for all of SolarWinds' products. Learn more today at http://www.solarwinds.com.

About Capital Area Food Bank of Texas

The mission of the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas (CAFB) is to nourish hungry people and lead the community in ending hunger. Since 1982, CAFB in collaboration with more than 350 partner agencies has been helping Central Texans in need providing healthy food, nutritional program assistance and education, so they can make better choices at mealtime.

Over the last 12 months, CAFB distributed more than 25 million pounds of food and grocery products and served 300,000 Central Texans in its 21 county service territory. For more information on the Capital Area Food Bank of Texas and its programs, visit www.austinfoodbank.org or call 512/282-2111.

Contact Information

  • For more Information:

    SolarWinds, Inc.
    Tiffany Nels
    Email Contact
    512-682-9545

    Capital Area Food Bank
    John Turner
    Email Contact
    512.684.2528