Suddenlink Bolsters Food Drive

Congressman Rodney Alexander (left) watches as a representative from Peabody Magnet High School accepts a check from Tony Cifelli, Suddenlink, and Jayne Wright, Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Building on its successful food drive last fall, Suddenlink supported the 2008 spring food drive helmed by U.S. Congressman Rodney Alexander, benefitting the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

Conducted April 7 to 25, the program (“Can Share”) involved schools in seven Central Louisiana parishes and achieved record results.

Each year, Congressman Alexander awards a certificate to the school that collects the most food for the annual drive. This year, Suddenlink added an incentive by offering financial rewards to the top three teams in each category: high school, middle school, and elementary school. As a result, this year’s drive collected approximately 9,000 pounds of non-perishable food items, more than three times the usual amount.

The top collector was Peabody Magnet High School in Alexandria. On May 16, Suddenlink Field System Manager Tony Cifelli, Congressman Alexander, and Food Bank Executive Director Jayne Wright held a cook-out for the Peabody ROTC, which spearheaded the school’s effort. There, they presented the group with a $500 check for its winning effort.