CenturyLink Las Vegas Announces Partnership with Three Square in Support of Nationwide Backpack Buddies Food Drive


May 19, 2015

CenturyLink Las Vegas Announces Partnership with Three Square
in Support of Nationwide Backpack Buddies Food Drive

Partnership and match program will raise up to $1 million to help fight hunger

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LAS VEGAS – CenturyLink Las Vegas will partner with local food bank, Three Square, June 1st through the 12th to help feed Southern Nevadans in need. CenturyLink will match up to $1 million from all food and monetary donations in association with Backpack Buddies, the company’s nationwide food drive program.

Food banks can purchase food at a lower cost per pound than the average person could at a store, estimated on average to equal six pounds of food per dollar. Based on this calculation, CenturyLink will donate $1 for every six pounds of food collected by the company’s employees and community members. All food and monetary donations made online, in person, and via mail during the time period will count towards the match donation.

“CenturyLink is proud to partner with Southern Nevada’s largest hunger-relief organization,” says Jeremy Ferkin, Operations VP of CenturyLink. “Our staff members are taking on the challenge to beat last year’s donation and are eager to contribute to this very important cause in our community.”

“Gifts like this are critical to our mission of providing wholesome food to hungry people in our area,” says Brian Burton, President and CEO of Three Square. “We are very thankful for community partners like CenturyLink who generously give back because they make a huge impact in the community; what would have been three meals from a $1 donation, will become six meals.”

According to 2014 statistics provided by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, 46.5 million people in need across the United States, including 12 million children and 7 million seniors access emergency food from a food pantry one or more times a year. That means one in seven Americans now rely on Feeding America and its nationwide network of local food banks.

About CenturyLink
CenturyLink (NYSE: CTL) is a global communications, hosting, cloud and IT services company enabling millions of customers to transform their businesses and their lives through innovative technology solutions. CenturyLink offers 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 robust 250,000-route-mile U.S. fiber network and a 300,000-route-mile international transport network. Visit www.CenturyLink.com for more information.

About Three Square
Established in 2007 to provide hunger relief, Three Square Food Bank offers wholesome, nutritious food to nonprofit and faith-based organizations, schools and feeding sites that serve a wide range of Southern Nevadans. A national model project inspired by Founder Eric Hilton with a grant provided by the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation, Three Square is a community collaborative partnership with businesses, nonprofit agencies, food distributors, higher education institutions, the Clark County School District, governmental entities, the media and thousands of volunteers to efficiently and effectively work together to serve those in our community struggling with hunger. Three Square currently provides more than 34 million pounds of food and grocery product – the equivalent of more than 28 million meals – per year to more than 1,300 community partners.  Three Square is a member of the Feeding America network of food banks. For additional information visit www.threesquare.org. For the latest news and events on Three Square, visit Facebook and follow them on Instagram and Twitter (@threesquarelv).