June 5, 2018
Food bank contact: Mary Wozniak
Office: 239-334-7007, ext. 150
CenturyLink contact: Michael Baker
Harry Chapin Food Bank to benefit from CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger
The Harry Chapin Food Bank has been selected as a local beneficiary of the global CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger, a virtual food drive which runs now through June 15.
CenturyLink has partnered with more than 140 food banks supporting communities where the company operates around the globe, including the Harry Chapin Food Bank. Through the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, the global IT and communications services provider will match total donations to the campaign, up to $1 million.
Those wishing to donate will be able to specify Harry Chapin Food Bank as the recipient of their donation. The campaign website will close at 10 p.m. Central Time on June 15, the final day of the campaign. Matching dollars will be allocated based on the amount of donations directed to each organization.
“CenturyLink understands that, due to our ability to turn every donated dollar into $8 worth of food, we can have much more impact with donated dollars than our supporters could have by shopping for us in a local market,” said Richard LeBer, food bank president and CEO. “We’re very excited about the CenturyLink effort and our potential to earn matching dollars.”
“CenturyLink has a long history of giving back to communities through a variety of ongoing programs and initiatives, including annual food drives,” said Sondra Smith, CenturyLink director of corporate social responsibility. “We are proud to support Harry Chapin Food Bank through the CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger so they can help even more individuals and families in need.”
Over the past nine years, CenturyLink food drives, along with the matching dollars from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, have contributed the equivalent of more than 56 million pounds of food to local food banks throughout the company’s U.S. service areas.
About the Harry Chapin Food Bank
The Harry Chapin Food Bank, an affiliate of Feeding America, is the leading hunger-relief organization in Southwest Florida. The food bank solicits, collects and stores food for distribution to families and others in need through a network of more than 150 nonprofit agencies in Lee, Collier, Charlotte, Glades and Hendry counties, providing food to about 28,000 people a week.
For every dollar donated, the food bank can provide $8 in food value. In fiscal year 2016-17, The Harry Chapin Food Bank distributed 22.3 million pounds of food and other grocery items, including 6.6 million pounds of fresh produce. The food, valued at $37.3 million, is the equivalent of 18.6 million meals for people in need.
The food bank is also a United Way partner agency. For more information or to make a donation, call (239) 334-7007 or visit harrychapinfoodbank.org.
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is the second largest U.S. communications provider to global enterprise customers. With customers in more than 60 countries and an intense focus on the customer experience, CenturyLink strives to be the world’s best networking company by solving customers’ increased demand for reliable and secure connections. The company also serves as its customers’ trusted partner, helping them manage increased network and IT complexity and providing managed network and cyber security solutions that help protect their business.
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