VOL. 110 | NO. 89 | Monday, May 6, 1996
AutoZone sets national food drive record
AutoZone recently donated more than 1 million pounds of food to the Memphis Food Bank, enough to provide approximately 870,000 meals to those in need.
The donation is the largest company employee food drive donation to be made in the country.
"We checked Second Harvests records regarding food drives at the other 185 Second Harvest Food Banks around the U.S., and AutoZone broke the record," said Memphis Food Bank executive director Susan Sanford. "Basically, AutoZone raised enough food to feed a meal to every man, woman and child in Shelby County."
The previous top mark was held by Cisco Systems, the industry leader in computer networking systems, located in San Jose, Calif.
AutoZone topped Ciscos 914,000 pound record by 94,000 pounds.
AutoZones donation is part of Operation Feed, a local community-wide workplace food drive. More than 20,000 employees at 105 companies participated in this years campaign. Though the final result for Operation Feed is not complete yet, it is expected that 1.4 million pounds of food will be collected, 40 percent more than last year and enough to provide more than 1 million meals to the needy.
"Its a community-wide effort," Sanford said. "Its a great team builder and moral booster of the employees of a company to get to work together on something that is fun. The result is that, besides being fun, it helps thousands and thousands of needy people."
The companies that came in second and third after AutoZone are Federal Express Corp. and Shelby County Government.