CenturyLink Foundation supports annual effort with $1 million match
LAS VEGAS – CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) 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.
Locally, more than 86,890 pounds of food (including monetary donations, actual food items and the foundation match) were raised for Three Square Food Bank.
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 are excited to see the results of this food drive and the effort our employees, friends and neighbors made to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Jeff Oberschelp, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Las Vegas. “Three Square 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 will raise not only donations, but also awareness of this issue here in Las Vegas.”
“Gifts like these are critical to our mission of feeding families in our area,” said Patti Johnson, volunteer coordinator for Three Square Food Bank. “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. Together, we can feed everyone.”
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.threesquare.org to learn more about the needs in our community and how you can help.
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.
About Three Square Food Bank
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to non-profit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, non-profit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively serve hope to those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 30 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 25 million meals – per year to more than 600 Program Partners. Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit www.facebook.com/ThreeSquareFoodBank and follow them on Instagram (@threesquarelv) as well as Twitter (@threesquarelv).