The IT Summit: Supporting IT professionals. Supporting the local community
The IT Summit recognizes that IT professionals are part of a larger organization, and that organization is part of the community. Supporting IT means supporting the local community; supporting the local community is also supporting businesses and organizations which operate in those communities. The IT Summit takes the support of community seriously. That is why The IT Summit is pleased to be supporting local area food banks with virtual food drives and at-the-door food donations as part of our 2014 series of IT conferences. We are sponsoring both virtual food drives and at-the-door food collections. We are providing links for online financial contributions which you and your organization can use to provide financial donations which allow local food banks to purchase food products which are essential but difficult to donate (such as perishables) while our at-the-door collections will allow you to easily donate canned and packaged goods for these food banks. We encourage you and your organization to both provide online contributions as well as provide a food donation at the door. Two cans of food are recommended at the door. Help us and these local food banks beat hunger and feed those who need a helping hand.
The IT Summit Denver 2014 Food Drive is in support of The Food Bank of the Rockies. The food bank provides food for more than 350,000 people annually. They do this by distributing 106,000 meals each day through over 1,400 hunger relief partner agencies and direct service programs. The Food bank of the Rockies is one of the largest hunger relief organizations in the Rocky Mountain Region. Thanks to your donations, 96 cents of every dollar received by the food bank goes directly to their food distribution programs. We urge you to make a financial contribution via our The IT Summit Denver 2014 Virtual Food Drive and by bring two cans of food (per person) as an at-the-door contribution.
The IT Summit Seattle 2014 Food Drive is in support of The West Seattle Food Bank. In 2012, 8,699 Seattle area individuals at risk of hunger counted on the WSFB at some time during the year, 3406 children. Seattle area households visited the West Seattle Food Bank 38,314 times and the food bank distributed 1,314,105 pounds of food and other supplies. Among those distributions, the food bank delivered bags of food to elderly and disabled individuals 7,800 times during the year, 150 each week. We urge you to make a financial contribution via our The IT Summit Seattle 2014 Virtual Food Drive and by bring two cans of food (per person) as an at-the-door contribution.
The IT Summit Houston 2014 Food Drive is in support of The Houston Food Bank. In 2012-2013, the Houston Food Bank distributed 64 million meals through programs such as Backpack Buddy, where backpacks at participating schools are filled for the weekends with kid-friendly food for at-risk children; Keegan Kitchen which prepares meals for programs such as Meals on Wheels and US Vets; Kids Cafe, which provides healthy meals and snacks served year-round on weekdays, along with nutrition and health education; Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP), a government program designed to assist income eligible-seniors receive a box of food each month. Additionally the food bank programs provide nutrition education, prepare individuals within the criminal justice system and others for success in the workplace and the community, and raise awareness of, and provide assistance in, application opportunities for state-funded social and health services. We urge you to make a financial contribution via our The IT Summit Houston 2014 Virtual Food Drive and by bring two cans of food (per person) as an at-the-door contribution.
The IT Summit San Francisco 2014 Food Drive is in support of the SF-Marin Food Bank. 1 in 4 residents of San Francisco and Marin is in need of food assistance. Since 2008, the need in San Francisco and Marin has increased by nearly 20%. For each dollar donated, the Food Bank is able to distribute $6 worth of food – enough for 3 meals. If you or your organization will be attending or represented at The IT Summit San Francisco 2014 we urge you to help with our food drive by providing a cash donation via our The IT Summit San Francisco 2014 Food Drive and by bring two cans of food (per person) as an at-the-door contribution.
The IT Summit San Diego 2014 Food Drive is in support of the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank. Many people associate the Food Bank with those who are homeless, but the majority of the people we feed are low-income individuals and families who have homes but struggle daily to put food on the table. And increasingly in this tough economic climate middle class families are now seeking help from the Food Bank. Of San Diego County’s 3.1 million residents, more than 462,000 people live below the poverty level.* This equates to a household income of less than $11,490 for an individual and $23,550 for a family of four. In 2008, the Jacobs & Cushman San Diego Food Bank provided food to over 200,000 people per month. In 2013, the Food Bank is feeding, on average, 320,000 people every month. In the fiscal year 2012 – 2013, the Food Bank distributed nearly 20 million pounds of food – the equivalent of 16.6 million meals. If you or your organization will be attending or represented at The IT Summit San Diego 2014 we urge you to help with our food drive by providing a cash donation via our The IT Summit San Diego 2014 Food Drive and by bring two cans of food (per person) as an at-the-door contribution.