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June 3 – 7, 2013, CenturyLink will be holding their company-wide 2013 Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive.

In an effort to support the rising issue of childhood hunger, CenturyLink will hold a company-wide food drive focused on supporting local food banks and backpack programs.

All donations contributed through this drive will be matched with a donation of up to $1 per pound (up to 1 million pounds total) to a local beneficiary by the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation.

We will also be collecting monetary donations. Our local food bank has the ability to buy in bulk so they can purchase much more with $1 than you or I can. For that reason, every dollar donated will be calculated as 6 pounds of food and matched with a $6 donation (up to 1 million pounds total).

This is a great opportunity to help fight hunger in the Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula community. Local CenturyLink employees have chosen Food Backpacks 4 Kids as their 2013 beneficiary for Gig Harbor/Key Peninsula.

How you can participate

Drop non-perishable food items in the collection barrel at the CenturyLink Office, located at, 8102 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor, or write a check to the Food Backpacks 4 Kids, and send to CenturyLink, ATTN: Jan Kampbell, 8102 Skansie Avenue, Gig Harbor, WA 98332.

Some items requested by our food bank include: crackers, granola bars, peanut butter, canned pasta and soups, Easy Mac, peanut butter, applesauce and other easy–to-prepare items. The goal is that a child can prepare the food without adult supervision, should that be necessary.

Why a food drive?

Each summer community food banks see a spike in requests due to the fact that kids are out of school and not receiving school lunches. These same food banks help feed kids over weekends and school breaks through backpack programs. This summer you’re invited to help support Food Backpacks 4 Kids by participating in the CenturyLink Backpack Buddies Feed the Children Food Drive. Join me and be a CenturyLink Backpack Buddy by donating and helping to spread the word.