CenturyLink contributes USD1.6 million to online food drive

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) employees and local communities have raised approximately USD665,000 in the 2016 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive, supporting 144 food banks, the company said.

CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed an additional USD1.0 million to local food bank beneficiaries based on the amount of donations they received through the online donation site. Food banks that offer backpack programs were asked to direct 50 percent of their gifts from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation to those programs.

The Backpack Buddies Food Drive will help provide almost 10 million meals throughout its communities. The company started its annual Backpack Buddies Food Drive in 2009 to generate donations for local food banks and help raise awareness of the need for backpack programs.

CenturyLink is a communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company offering network and data systems management, Big Data analytics and IT consulting, and operates more than 55 data centers in North America, Europe and Asia.