Shelley Huber, CenturyLink's Manager Training Development (right), presented a check for more than $17,000 to Rhonda Chafin, executive director of Second Harvest of Northeast Tennessee (center), and Ann Rhem, (left) development director for the regional f
CenturyLink employees and the communities they serve donated 666,204 pounds of food and $767,219 in cash for community based food banks during their national 2014 CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive held June 2-13.
To further their efforts, CenturyLink’s Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed a $1 million matching donation to the food banks that benefited from the drive.
Locally, the drive provided more than 193,000 pounds of food for Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, including monetary donations, actual food items and matching dollars from foundation.
“We are excited to see the results of this food drive and the effort our employees, friends and neighbors made to improve the quality of life in our communities,” Lottie Ryans, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Western North Carolina and Tennessee, said. “Second Harvest Food Bank does excellent work in addressing the very real issue of hunger in our community and CenturyLink is grateful to help them in this task. We hope that our annual drive will raise not only donations but also awareness of this issue here in East Tennessee.”
Rhonda Chafin, executive director of Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee, said, “Gifts like these are critical to our mission of feeding families in our area. We’d like to thank CenturyLink employees, the CenturyLink Foundation and all those in our community who participated in the CenturyLink Food Drive for their generosity and commitment to assisting those in need.”
According to Feeding America, 49 million Americans, including 15.9 million children, receive food assistance annually and one in six Americans rely on food banks included in the national Feeding America network.
For more information about the local need for food, the work of the Second Harvest Food Bank of Northeast Tennessee and how everyone can help, visit www.netfoodbank.org.