Com­pany matches do­na­tions dur­ing an­nual fundraiser to fight U.S. hunger

Serve Daily - - NEWS - By Isabella Mark­ert for Serve Daily

This year, Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Ser­vices and Food Bank is part­ner­ing with Cen­tu­ryLink for its an­nual Cam­paign to Fight Hunger, June 4-15. Dur­ing this fundrais­ing drive, the com­pany will match do­na­tions up to $1 mil­lion.

Non­prof­its around the U.S. par­tic­i­pate in the fundraiser, which last year raised more than $900,000 from com­mu­nity mem­bers and em­ploy­ees for food banks in Cen­tu­ryLink com­mu­ni­ties. The Cen­tu­ryLink Foun­da­tion then matched that amount. Since 2009, Cen­tu­ryLink has do­nated more than 56 mil­lion pounds of food be­cause of the drive. The com­pany started the fundraiser in 1999, which is held dur­ing the first two weeks of June ev­ery year.

"More than 13 per­cent of Utah County res­i­dents are food in­se­cure, in­clud­ing more than 29,000 chil­dren," said W. Dave Smith, Food Bank Man­ager. "These fam­i­lies rely on school meal pro­grams for their chil­dren, but dur­ing the sum­mer those may not be avail­able. So we need to en­sure our food pantry is stocked to help these fam­i­lies fill that gap—and this drive will help sig­nif­i­cantly."

To do­nate and have your do­na­tion ben­e­fit Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Ser­vices and Food Bank—and matched by Cen­tu­ryLink—go to https://do­­work­for­good. start­ing June 4. For more in­for­ma­tion about Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Ser­vices and Food Bank and how you can help the com­mu­nity, go to com­mu­nity­ac­ About Cen­tu­ryLink Foun­da­tion Cen­tu­ryLink's Clarke M. Wil­liams Foun­da­tion is ded­i­cated to im­prov­ing the qual­ity of life and well-be­ing of the peo­ple who live in Cen­tu­ryLink com­mu­ni­ties. Cen­tu­ryLink en­dows the foun­da­tion to sup­port ini­tia­tives and en­cour­ages its em­ploy­ees to give time, tal­ents and re­sources to im­prove their com­mu­ni­ties. For more in­for­ma­tion about the foun­da­tion's work, go here.

About Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Ser­vices and Food Bank: Com­mu­nity Ac­tion Ser­vices and Food Bank is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion in Provo, Utah that pro­vides a two-step process to solv­ing poverty: first, to sta­bi­lize the per­son and then re­build their lives. Since 1967, the agency has sta­bi­lized per­sons in need by meet­ing their ba­sic crit­i­cal needs (such as hous­ing and food) while pro­vid­ing them with the long-term so­lu­tions they need to re­build their fi­nan­cial and so­cial self-suf­fi­ciency, en­abling them to break out of poverty.

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