Rackers Rally Globally for 15th Annual Food Drive
by Amanda Halbritter, Senior Global Content Marketer, Rackspace Technology
For 15 years, Rackspace Technology has rallied Rackers across the organization to help combat hunger during the month of November, in conjunction the U.S. Thanksgiving holiday. This year we widened the opportunity for Rackers to “Give Back” on a global level, supporting food banking organizations across five continents!
During a three-week virtual food drive, Rackers from 14 countries donated more than $23,000 to provide for families in need. For food banking organizations that are known for stretching each dollar as far as possible, these financial gifts equate to more than 37,000 meals!
“Rackers look forward to this opportunity to serve our communities year after year, and they really knocked it out of the park this year,” said PJ Lovejoy, manager of the Racker Experience team. “Our annual food drive is a signature ‘Racker Experience,’ as it allows Rackers to develop their leadership skillsets and grow — all while volunteering and making a big difference for our neighbors.”
Helping Homes Close to Castle
On Saturday, Nov. 13, nearly 70 Rackers gathered at headquarters (some returning to the office for the first time in nearly two years) to greet families and distribute items needed to create a great Thanksgiving meal — turkeys, mashed potatoes, vegetables, and even some sweets.
“Rackspace Technology has been a longstanding partner of the San Antonio Food Bank. Together we have been helping build a healthier community,” said Eric Cooper, President & CEO of the San Antonio Food Bank. “This gift of food to families on the northeast side of San Antonio is truly needed with Thanksgiving approaching. We could not be more grateful.”
Nearly 650 of the meals provided this year went directly to families in the communities surrounding our global headquarters, also known as ‘The Castle,’ in San Antonio, Texas. And, because of our fifteen-year partnership with the San Antonio Food Bank we’ve been able to work together to perfect the art of the drive-thru food distribution mega event, feeding hundreds of families in just a few hours.
Virtual Food Drive Supports Families Across the World
Just like our corporate footprint, we endeavor to expand our community involvement by enabling Rackers to contribute to their communities at home and across the world.
Here’s the list of organizations our Rackers helped to support:
- Australia: Oz Harvest
- Canada: Food Banks Canada
- China/Hong Kong: Feeding Hong Kong
- Colombia: Banco de Alimentos de Bogotá
- Egypt: Egyptian Food Bank
- Germany: Tafel Deutschland e.V.
- India: Delhi Foodbanking Network
- Malaysia: The Lost Food Project
- México: Asociacion Mexicana de Bancos de Alimentos
- Netherlands: Stichting Voedselbank
- UAE: ShareTheMeal via U.N. World Food Program
- U.K.: Trussell Trust
- U.S.: Feeding America
Giving back is part of the Rackspace Technology DNA. Our Rack Gives Back program enables all Rackers to share Fanatical Experience™ with the communities in which we live and work. Rackspace Technology grants each Racker a minimum of 40 hours of volunteer time off each year to volunteer with organizations and causes they care about.
Learn more about how our culture empowers our Rackers to deliver a Fanatical Customer Experience!
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