CenturyLink Donates 12,214...
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
Posted by: Maggie Reber-Wynn
CENTURYLINK DONATES 12,214 POUNDS OF FOOD, $41,150 TO COLORADO FOOD BANKS
DENVER – Leveraging its 6,800 employees in Colorado, CenturyLink collected 12,214 pounds of food and $41,150 in cash donations for Colorado food banks during the 2013 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, June 3-7. With $10,825 in employee cash donations, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation provided an additional $30,325 toward the effort as part of its annual corporate match.
To help feed the nearly the nearly 16.7 million U.S. children that do not have access to enough nutritious food, CenturyLink held its an annual summer food drive statewide, asking employees to donate non-perishable food items and cash toward addressing childhood hunger through backpack programs.
The CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive supports Feeding Colorado (Food Bank of the Rockies, Community Food Share, Food Bank for Larimer County, Weld Food Bank, Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado), Durango Food Bank and Sharing Ministries Food Bank.
"We are excited to see the results of this year’s food drive reflecting the outstanding effort of our employees, friends and neighbors to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Kevin McCarter, President of CenturyLink’s Central Region. "Feeding Colorado does excellent work in addressing the very real issue of hunger in our community and CenturyLink is grateful to help them in this task. We hope that our annual drive not only provides needed food and donations, but also raises awareness of this issue here in Colorado.”
According to statistics provided by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, 5.1 percent of all U.S. households (6.1 million households) in 2011 accessed emergency food from a food pantry one or more times. Thirty-seven million Americans, including 14 million children, are receiving food assistance annually, an increase of 46 percent since 2006.
That means one in eight Americans now rely on Feeding America and its nationwide network of local food banks.
"Gifts like this are critical to our mission of feeding families in our area,” said Jim Baldwin, President of the Feeding Colorado and Community Food Share. "We’d like to thank CenturyLink employees, the CenturyLink Foundation, and all those in our community who participated in the CenturyLink Food Drive for their generosity and commitment to assisting those in need.”
Feeding Colorado is an association of the five Feeding America food banks in Colorado: Food Bank of the Rockies, Community Food Share, Weld Food Bank, Food Bank for Larimer County and Care and Share Food Bank for Southern Colorado. Feeding Colorado's purpose is to coordinate and enhance food resources among the state's food banks; provide administration and distribution of USDA commodities, including CSFP, TEFAP and the School Lunch Program for the state of Colorado; and to support the mission of Feeding America.
CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States and is recognized as a leader in the network services market by technology industry analyst firms. The company is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprise customers. CenturyLink provides data, voice and managed services in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers for businesses and consumers. The company also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLink® Prism™ TV and DIRECTV brands. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit www.centurylink.com.