Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida has been selected as a local beneficiary of the global CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger, gaining the opportunity to earn additional donations plus matching dollars from CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL). 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.
The food drive will run June 4-15, and donations must be submitted through www.centurylink.com/fooddrive to be eligible for matching dollars. Individuals wishing to donate will be able to specify Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida as the recipient of their donation. The campaign website will close at 10 p.m. Central Time on the final day of the campaign.
CenturyLink has partnered with more than 140 food banks supporting communities where the company operates around the globe. Matching dollars will be allocated based on the amount of donations directed to each organization.
“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 Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida through the CenturyLink Campaign to Fight Hunger so they can help even more individuals and families in need.”
According to Feeding America, nearly 13 million children and more than 50 million seniors face hunger in the U.S. From a global perspective, Action Against Hunger says one in nine people worldwide do not get enough food to eat.
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.