Splunking the Leftovers

By Billy Priest

From time to time, you may have seen me scuttling out the front door in the evening, toting a heavily loaded Instacart or caterer’s bag. You might have wondered what it was I was carrying out of the building in so carefree a manner.

Wonder no more: It’s the leftovers!

Hundreds of sandwiches are given to the homeless.

Hundreds of sandwiches are given the homeless.

Despite detailed tracking of food and beverage consumption by floor, it’s impossible to buy exactly the right amount of food here at HQ. So when groceries arrive for the third floor, it had been my habit to simply throw away anything that had reached its “sell by” date (I got emails complaining about “expired” food if I didn’t). But since the “sell by” date is often a week or more ahead of the actual death of a food product, I felt bad about tossing out perfectly good food.

About ten months ago, I found a solution. I collect all the bread, lunchmeat and cheese that has hit its date, and fill my freezer. When my freezer is full, I hand it all over to a friend who makes sandwiches for the homeless.

Kurt has been helping the homeless in our neighborhood for several years. He started by handing out socks. Then, he began cooking food and distributing it to our homeless neighbors in Chinese food take-out boxes. Now, he makes sandwiches: He takes our Splunk leftovers and makes dozens—sometimes hundreds—of sandwiches at a time. Then he wanders around the neighborhood, handing out meals and making friends.

Kurt is not a recognized or registered charity, and has funded his generosity almost entirely out of his own pocket. The donations of food we make to him aren’t tax deductible for me or for Splunk. But we should all feel a lot better, knowing that our leftovers are somehow benefiting someone in desperate need. And that’s how we Splunk4Good.

Want to learn more or find out how you can help? Contact Billy Priest.

Want to share your story of how you’re giving back, or want to know how you can help? Contact Splunk4Good for more information.

Corey Marshall
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Corey Marshall

Corey Marshall is the director of Splunk4Good, the corporate social impact program for Splunk, where he leads the company’s efforts in employee service and engagement, community giving and social impact initiatives. Splunk4Good partners with organizations at the local, state and federal levels to leverage data in support of initiatives such as disaster response and open government, including the recently announced $100 million Splunk Pledge to support nonprofits, research and education. Corey has spent more than 15 years advising governments on open data, public-private partnerships, data-driven decision making and improving transparency and accountability, including roles with the City and County of San Francisco, Accenture and the office of Chicago Mayor Richard M. Daley. He has served on public and nonprofit boards, provides pro bono consulting to nonprofits, and currently focuses his volunteer time on sustainability and leveraging data and technology for social good.

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