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AUSTIN, Texas – 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 http://www.solarwinds.com/donate/ and donate online at austinfoodbank.org through December 26.

 

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