Tech community continues support of local food bank with $72,622 donation

VICTORIA, BC (January 6, 2020) - A total of $72,526 in cash and 36.6lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result of the 2020 VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge that took place from November 16 to December 17, 2020. This brings the total 2020 value to $72,622.92, beating last year’s amount of $70,000.

This year’s donations will be used to feed 1,700 families of four (or 6,800 individuals) for one month through the Mustard Seed Food Bank.

“It’s been a particularly tough year for many in our community and it is a privilege to witness and support our members in doing what they can to give back and support those that need it the most,” said Dan Gunn, CEO of VIATEC. “We’ve heard personal stories from members that have at one time needed the support of local food banks, and to see them get creative and pull together their colleagues to make a difference overwhelms us with admiration and pride. The fact that they exceeded last year’s donations (which were the highest in recent memory), in such uncertain times is a credit to their love of this community and generosity.”

This year’s challenge focused on raising cash online through Vancouver’s FundRazr platform, over the collection of food donations  to ensure the safety of participants and donors during the COVID-19 pandemic. Thanks to the Mustard Seed’s partnerships with local grocery suppliers, cash donations allow them to buy more food per dollar than donating individuals can buy on their own for the same amount.

Since its inception in 2002, $2,323,420.80 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Foundation Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, the challenge has raised a total of $2,396,043.72!

Top Overall Contributors:

  1. Top Overall Contributor: StarFish Medical ($21,193)
  2. First Runner-Up Overall Contributor: FreshWorks Studio ($6,035)
  3. Second Runner-Up Overall Contributor: Checkfront ($5,252)

Top Per-Employee Contributors:

  1. Top Per-Employee Contributor: Echosec Systems ($318.38 per employee)
  2. First Runner-Up Per-Employee Contributor: GoChip Pet Tech Inc. ($300 per employee)
  3. Second Runner-Up Per-Employee Contributor: Capital Investment Network ($253.14 per employee)

2020 Participants:

  1. AES Engineering
  2. Amira Health
  3. Bambora
  4. Capital Investment Network
  5. Checkfront
  6. Cloud Practice
  7. Codan
  8. Echosec Systems
  9. FreshWorks Studio
  10. FullHost - A Division of Pretecs Networks Inc.
  11. FunctionFox
  12. Giftbit
  13. GoChip Pet Tech Inc.
  14. Industrial Plankton


  1. Latitude Technologies
  2. Limbic Media
  3. Locelle
  4. RaceRocks
  5. RingPartner
  6. Salty Broad Productions
  7. Smart Dolphins IT
  8. StarFish Medical & ViVitro Labs
  9. Stocksy United
  10. Vecima
  11. VertiGIS North America
  12. VIATEC
  13. Vigil Health Solutions
  14. Virtual CFO



VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. VIATEC's mission is to cultivate the most cohesive tech community in the world by providing resources to tackle shared opportunities and challenges while boosting a sense of belonging and shaping our region. (Victoria's biggest industry is tech!).


About the VIATEC Foundation:

The VIATEC Foundation was founded to encourage, support and enable the generosity of the Victoria tech community by bringing them together for greater impact, coordinating their efforts, collecting and sharing the amount and impact of their philanthropic activities, and reducing the time and effort of individual tech companies reviewing requests for support. It focuses its support on initiatives directed at Diversity and Inclusion, Access to Innovation, Social Impact through Innovation, Food Security and Education.


About the Mustard Seed Food Bank:
The Mustard Seed Food Bank has been essential in fighting hunger for a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in Greater Victoria since 1975. The Mustard Seed’s operations are nearly 100 percent community funded and include Vancouver Island’s largest Food Bank, a Family Center, Hospitality programs, and addictions recovery at Hope Farm Healing Centre. The Mustard Seed positively impacts, on average 5,000 individuals per month, with more than 50 volunteers keeping things running everyday.  With your help, lives are transformed on a daily basis!


Dan Gunn