9/20/2002 - Sun Microsystems and Aidmatrix previewed the first Internet-based Virtual Food Drive at the SunNetwork Conference in San Francisco, CA. Over the course of the three-day conference, attendees from companies worldwide will have the opportunity to see Sun and i2 technology in action helping local people in need. Conference attendees are encouraged to make monetary donations through the Virtual Food Drive to the San Francisco Food Bank from a list of the Food Bank's top ten needed items, with an overall conference goal of collecting $10,000 of donations.
"While traditional food drives collect non-perishable grocery items to put on our shelves, the Food Bank still has to maintain a budget to purchase supplemental items such as fresh meat and produce that are most needed by agencies serving the more than 150,000 people who live with the threat of hunger in San Francisco," said Paul Ash, executive director of the San Francisco Food Bank. "By collecting cash donations through the Aidmatrix platform at this event, we hope to raise $10,000 that, through our efficient food solicitation and donation network, we will be able to turn into $90,000 of food for hungry senior citizens, working families and homeless people in San Francisco."
Using the Virtual Food Drive, donors can see the impact that their contributions have made - from the percentage savings they have helped the food bank realize through pledging donations online, to the automatic calculation of how many meals their donation will serve. Food drive campaigns using the Virtual Food Drive solution run more efficiently, with fewer resources required by both donor and food bank, while increasing the impact of each donor dollar and the number of meals served to people in need.
"Non-profit organizations are embracing Internet technology to increase the efficiency and impact of their programs, with fewer resources," said Stuart Wells, vice president, Market Development Organization at Sun Microsystems, Inc. "By working with Aidmatrix to create humanitarian aid delivery solutions based on Sun ONE technology, together we can help these organizations leverage the power of the Internet to reach more people in need."
Aidmatrix offers a range of solutions for the delivery of humanitarian aid, with a mission to reduce waste and increase efficiency to serve a greater number of people in need. The Virtual Food Drive is the latest solution available through the new Aidmatrix Portal, powered by software from Sun and i2 Technologies, Inc., the leading provider of dynamic value chain management solutions. The SunTM ONE Portal Server and Sun ONE Directory Server form the backbone of the Aidmatrix portal, providing a single point of access to customized services and aggregated content.
"Aidmatrix is a very exciting concept that's already made a big difference in the world, and we're just getting started," concluded Sumeet Rawla, vice president of Strategic Alliances for Aidmatrix. "In our first year we've helped meet the basic needs of nearly four million people by supporting the delivery of 29 million meals and 36 million pounds of food. We're extremely grateful to Sun, i2, and all our other technology donors for their willingness to help and for making products that unite so well to do the job."
The Virtual Food Drive will be made available through the Aidmatrix Portal to any organization, be it a food bank, for-profit corporation, or community group, to help them manage their own Virtual Food Drives. Using this tool, organizations can easily manage multi-city food drive campaigns and collect funds from any potential donor who has access to the Internet. Aidmatrix developed the Virtual Food Drive at the request of the North Texas Food Bank, which has provided valuable input and vision to shape the latest food bank solutions Aidmatrix offers.
About the San Francisco Food Bank
The San Francisco Food Bank is the largest distributor of food to low-income families and individuals in San Francisco. A nationwide network of food suppliers and donors allows the Food Bank to turn each dollar donated into $9 of non-perishable groceries, fresh produce, bread, and meat for the community. The San Francisco Food Bank provides groceries to more than 400 non-profit agencies from senior centers and after-school programs to soup kitchens enabling them to give nutritious meals or supplemental.
Launched by the i2Foundation, Aidmatrix is a not-for-profit online network with a mission to help streamline the delivery of humanitarian aid. With i2's world-class technology at its core, Aidmatrix will provide the information, decision support, and collaboration environment for partners to more effectively provide food, clothing, building supplies and other aid items to people in need. Partner organizations include the world's leading suppliers, manufacturers and distributors of food and aid items, major non-profit organizations, independent transportation providers and freight e-marketplaces, technology providers, and other industry leaders and organizations. Aidmatrix has set a goal to touch 50 million lives by 2005. Based in Dallas, Aidmatrix is supported by donations of cash and in-kind services.
About i2 Technologies
i2 (Nasdaq: ITWO) is the leading provider of value chain management solutions that offer businesses maximum return on investment in the shortest amount of time. i2's value chain management solutions help companies plan and execute all of the activities involved in managing supply and demand, while requiring minimum change in current business processes. These solutions span the entire scope of value chain interactions, including demand chain management, supply chain management and supplier relationship management. Established in 1988, i2 is the only software solutions provider that measures, audits and reports total value provided to its customers, with a mission to deliver $75 billion in value by 2005. This year, the San Francisco Food Bank will distribute more than 19 million pounds of food enough to provide nearly 41,000 meals to hungry San Franciscans every day.
About Sun Microsystems
Since its inception in 1982, a singular vision — "The Network Is The ComputerTM" — has propelled Sun Microsystems, Inc. (Nasdaq: SUNW) to its position as a leading provider of industrial-strength hardware, software and services that make the Net work. Sun can be found in more than 170 countries.
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