CenturyLink donates to Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank

August 13, 2012

By Staff

NEW — 1 p.m. Aug. 13, 2012

CenturyLink employees and community members collected 313,665 pounds of food for local food banks, including the Issaquah Food & Clothing Bank, in a recent campaign.

The 2012 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive ran nationwide from June 25-29. Organizers announced the results Aug. 9.

The nonprofit CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation also contributed $1 million to the drive.

Because food banks can purchase food at a lower cost per pound than the average person could at a store — estimated on average to be 6 pounds of food per $1 given — the foundation estimated the monetary donations could be used to purchase more than 7.7 million pounds of food to food banks across the United States.

“We appreciate our friends and neighbors who joined with our employees in this worthwhile endeavor to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Sue Anderson, CenturyLink vice president and general manager for the Puget Sound region, said in a statement. “Together, we are working to help address the hunger issue faced by millions of people across the country as well as those here at home.”

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