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. In an effort to raise awareness and funds for backpack programs, we invite employees and customers to support our annual Backpack Buddies Food Drive. In addition to donations raised through the drive, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation provides a $1 million match to food banks across the country.
Over the past eight years, the drive, along with the match from the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation, has contributed more than 50 million pounds of food and equivalent financial donations to local food banks across the country.