CenturyLink employees, communities to participate in national food drive
CenturyLink Foundation to support efforts with up to $1 million match
LAS CRUCES, N.M. – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) will hold its annual CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive June 2-13 in hundreds of company locations across the country. As part of this effort, CenturyLink is inviting local community members to join employees in supporting Casa de Peregrinos Emergency Food Program, La Cruces’ largest and longest running food pantry.
Community members who want to help support the drive can bring canned food, non-perishable items and/or monetary donations to Walmart on 571 Walton Blvd on June 6 from 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. More information on Casa de Peregrinos’s needs and a list of acceptable donations can be found below.
The CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation has pledged to match donations made through this drive at $1 per pound of food up to 1 million pounds nationwide, providing the opportunity to increase individual donations with the support of this match. Every dollar donated is calculated as six (6) pounds of food. In 2013, the CenturyLink Food Drive resulted in the equivalent of 8.54 million pounds of food being donated to more than 200 food banks across the country.
“It’s vital that we improve the quality of life and end hunger in our communities. We recognize the increased demand for food during the summer when children are out of school, and we appreciate our friends and neighbors who join our employees in this worthwhile endeavor,” said Valerie Dodd, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for New Mexico. “We can all work together to help fight hunger here in New Mexico.”
According to 2012 statistics provided by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, Feeding America provides emergency food assistance to an estimated 37 million low-income people annually, a 46 percent increase from 25 million in 2006. And for the second consecutive year, New Mexico is ranked number one in child hunger. Casa de Peregrinos says that 40 percent of the people they serve are children.
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, and those food banks rely on local agencies like Casa de Peregrinos to distribute food to those in need.
“We are very proud and thankful for our relationship with CenturyLink,” said Lorenzo Alba, Jr., executive director of Casa de Peregrinos. “We are happy to serve the community of Las Cruces and the rural communities that surround it. We cannot meet the need for food here in our communities without partners like CenturyLink and the people of our community,” added Alba.
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.
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