Food Drive Produces 26 Tons for Food Banks

A six-week program to collect non-perishable food items for food banks and pantries in Suddenlink’s Louisiana service areas has produced more than 52,000 pounds (26 tons) to help the state’s regional food banks and, through them, more than 275 affiliates.

Suddenlink’s Alexandria team began the program in 2007 to benefit the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, and that program’s success has set new records for collections each year, while earning a number of state, local and national awards for community service.

This year Suddenlink teams around the state expanded the program to other parts of Louisiana. Louisiana has one of the highest levels of food insecurity in the country. Forty-one percent of Food Bank clients had to choose between paying for food or paying for their utilities and 36 percent had to choose between paying for food and paying for medicine or medical care, according to Hunger in America 2010, a national study conducted by Feeding America.

During the six-week drive, Suddenlink accepted food collections at its retail stores and at other locations on weekends. Technicians also accepted donations while making service calls.

Proceeds from the food drive were delivered to: The Food Bank of Central Louisiana in Alexandria; The Food Bank of Northeast Louisiana in Monroe; The Food Bank of Northwest Louisiana in Shreveport; Abraham’s Tent in Lake Charles; and God’s Food Box in DeRidder