CenturyLink employees, communities participate in national food drive

CenturyLink, Inc. (NYSE: CTL) has begun its annual CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Food Drive to support more than 150 food banks in the communities it serves across the United States, the company said.

As part of this effort, CenturyLink local residents join company employees in supporting the food bank of their choice.

CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation supports efforts with up to USD1.0 million match

The goal of the drive is to generate donations for local food banks and help raise awareness of the need for backpack programs. Backpack programs are crucial to children who rely on school breakfasts and lunches to meet their nutritional needs each day. These programs provide nutritional, shelf-stable meals for at-risk students over weekends and school breaks.

Since 2009, CenturyLink´s Backpack Buddies Food Drive has contributed more than four million pounds of food and over USD7 million to local food banks across the country. In areas where backpack programs are offered, 50 percent of the CenturyLink Foundation match is directed to those programs.

CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global 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. The company provides broadband, voice, video, data and managed services over a 250,000-route-mile US fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network.