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CenturyLink employees, communities raise 666,204 pounds of food and $767,219

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MONROE, La. – (CenturyLink, Inc. & KNOE 8 News) - Employees and the company’s local communities collected 666,204 pounds of food and $767,219 in the 2014 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive, which took place June 2-13 in hundreds of company locations across the country.

To further support its employees’ efforts, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed a $1 million match to local food bank beneficiaries through the drive. This is the fifth year for CenturyLink’s nationwide drive, with more than 27 million pounds of food donated since the program’s inception.

Food banks can purchase and distribute food at a lower cost per pound than the average person could at a store. Many food banks can distribute up to six pounds of food per dollar donated. Based on this calculation, CenturyLink employees, community members and the Foundation donated a total of 11.2 million pounds of food to food banks across the country in this year’s Food Drive.

Locally, more than 190,000 pounds of food (including monetary donations, actual food items and the foundation match) were raised for the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana.

According to Feeding America, nearly 90 percent of children who rely on free or reduced-price meals via their schools lose that access when school is out. This means food banks are faced with an even greater need during the summer.

“We’re pleased to have partnered with the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana to support their backpack program during this food drive,” said Kristy LaCroix, CenturyLink community relations manager. “We hope that our annual drive will raise not only donations, but also awareness of this issue here in northeast Louisiana.”

“Gifts like these are critical to our mission of feeding families in our area,” said Richard King, executive director of the Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana. “We’d like to thank CenturyLink employees and the CenturyLink Foundation for their generosity and commitment to assisting those in need.”

Forty-nine million Americans, including 15.9 million children, are receiving food assistance annually. That means one in six Americans now rely on Feeding America and its nationwide network of local food banks. Visit www.fbnela.org to learn more about the needs in our community and how you can help.

 

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