Tech community donates over $90k in cash and food to local food bank

Tech community donates over $90k in cash and food to local food bank

$90,267.10 in cash and food has been collected for the Mustard Seed Food Bank through the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge.

VICTORIA, BC (December 16, 2016) - The final drop off day at the Mustard Seed Food Bank was a cold and wet one, but it didn’t stop the 34 participating companies from showing up to warm hearts with their impressive donations. A total of $76,664.60 in cash and 5,441lbs of food has been collected for the Mustard Seed as a direct result from the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge! The weight in food is equal to $13,602.50 bringing the total 2016 value to $90,267.10! 

“It’s hard to believe this annual event has come so far,” said VIATEC CEO, Dan Gunn. “We are proud to play a small role in organizing and directing the community spirit of our members but all the credit goes to them. They’ve been digging deep, having fun and making a difference as part of the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge for over a decade and we look forward to aiding them for many more decades to come.”

Since its inception in 2002, $1,981,296.84 worth of food and cash has been donated to the Mustard Seed through companies participating in the VIATEC Food Bank Challenge. With this year’s amount, we’re now at $2,071,563.94!

This year’s top contenders

Greatest Overall Contributor:
1st place - Carmanah Technologies
2nd place - Victoria Airport Authority
3rd place - RevenueWire

Greatest Per-Employee Contributor:
1st place - Flytographer
2nd place - Econics
3rd place - RevenueWire

Greatest amount of cash: Carmanah Technologies
Greatest food weight: Beanstream (1502lbs) 

Participants and winners will be recognized at VIATEC’s 2017 New Year Kick-off event on January 20th. VIATEC congratulates all who participated or donated to this amazing cause. 

Dan Gunn

2016 Participants:

  • Avocette Technologies
  • AXYS Technologies
  • BDC
  • Beanstream
  • Carmanah Technologies Corp.
  • Collect! Credit & Debt Collection software
  • Codan Radio Communications
  • Complia Health
  • Crowd Content
  • CUBE Global Storage
  • Econics
  • Flytographer
  • Frankie's Modern Diner
  • FTS Forest Technology Systems
  • GenoLogics
  • GlobalWide Media
  • HP Advanced Solutions
  • IndyKey Rewards
  • Latitude Geographics Group
  • Monk Office
  • MUSIC Group Innovation CA Inc. 
  • RevenueWire
  • RingPartner
  • Schneider Electric
  • SendtoNews
  • Smart Dolphins IT Solutions
  • StarFish Medical
  • Technology Guys IT Solutions
  • Tourism Victoria
  • Vecima Networks
  • VIATEC & Ground Control Cafe
  • Victoria Airport Authority
  • Victoria Flying Club
  • Vigil Health Solutions Inc.

VIATEC (Victoria Innovation, Advanced Technology and Entrepreneurship Council), started in 1989. Our mission is to serve as the one-stop hub that connects people, knowledge and resources to grow and promote the Greater Victoria technology sector (Victoria's biggest industry).

We work closely with our members to offer a variety of events, programs and services. In addition, VIATEC serves as the front door of the local tech sector and as its spokesperson. To better support local innovators, we recently acquired our own building (Fort Tectoria) where we offer flexible and affordable office space to emerging local companies along with a gathering/event space for local entrepreneurs.

About the Mustard Seed Street Church:
The Mustard Seed Street Church has been essential in fighting hunger and restoring faith to a large portion of people living in poverty, as well as the working poor, in greater Victoria since 1975. The Church ministries 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 as well as more traditional Church services.

The Mustard Seed Street Church 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!