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Altice USA, Suddenlink and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana Kick Off 10th Annual "Connecting to Those in Need" Food Drive

Altice USA, the fourth largest cable operator in the United States that recently acquired Suddenlink, and the Food Bank of Central Louisiana kicked off the 10th annual "Connecting to Those in Need" fall food drive on October 25. 

Last year the "Connecting to Those in Need" campaign collected more than 102,600 pounds (51.3 tons) of food. This year the program goal is 110,000 pounds of non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana. Since it started in 2007 in partnership with Altice USA's Suddenlink division, the drive has collected more than 250 tons of food. The Food Bank distributed more than 6.9 million pounds of grocery items annually, which provides assistance to approximately 22,400 needy people in central Louisiana.

"Hunger is a symptom of poverty and economic stress, which can be relieved through kindness and generosity of our community. Whether you have one can or a case of food to share, every donation is important. We are grateful to Altice USA and to its Suddenlink division for recognizing this need and helping lead the cause through this annual food drive," said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank of Central Louisiana.

"Altice USA is committed to supporting our local Suddenlink communities and we are grateful for the opportunity to continue our partnership with the Food Bank of Central Louisiana to help support the fight against hunger in the area," said Lee Schroeder, senior vice president, government and public affairs Altice USA.

Anyone donating at least five non-perishable food items can register to win a 50-inch high definition television set donated by Altice USA.  Donations can be made at the Food Bank office in Alexandria or Suddenlink offices in Alexandria and Pineville, as well as to Suddenlink technicians as they make their rounds in central Louisiana.

Local school districts in Allen, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Sabine, Vernon and Winn parishes are also invited to participate in "Connecting to Those in Need."  The local Altice USA/Suddenlink teams will present cash awards to schools collecting the most food.  A first place prize of $500 will be given to top schools in elementary, junior high and high school divisions. 

Students donating five non-perishable food items can register to win prizes awarded in each of the elementary, junior high and high school divisions in each parish.  The winning students in each division will receive a Kindle Fire donated by Altice USA. Winners will be chosen in a drawing when collections are completed in each parish. Schools interested in participating in the food drive should contact the Food Bank at 318-445-2773 or the Suddenlink team at 318-641-7012.

The drive will conclude December 16, and a collection total will be announced and prize winner drawn on December 22.

Food Bank Elects New Officers

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana elected new board officers for 2016-2017.

Stan Lott was elected chair of the Food Bank board of directors. He has served on the board for two year.

Additional board officers elected are Jill Kelone, vice chair; Mary Boone Treuting, secretary; and Eric Fletcher, treasurer. 

Other board members include: Todd St. Romain, Kevin Broussard, Brian Couvillon, Wendell Deloach, Theresa Deville, Wanda Hebert, Judy Hempstead, Natasha Melder, Christine Meshell and Joe Williams.

"We are so grateful for these individuals who donate their time and talent to support the Food Bank's hunger relief efforts in Central Louisiana," said Jayne Wright-Velez, executive director of the Food Bank.

The Food Bank has produced a video that illustrates the need our local community has for our services. We visited with some of our member affiliates and talked with a few of their clients. We also have sections on our Adopt-A-Senior program, as well as our Kids Cafe after school program and the Back Pack program.

Spring 2016 Newsletter

Learn more about what is happening at The Food Bank of Central Louisiana in the latest issue of the Food for Thought newsletter. Read the Spring 2016 Newsletter here:  FBCL Spring Newsletter 2016.pdf


Did you know? Food Assistance Facts
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According to the Hunger Study 2010, among programs that existed in 2006, 64% of pantries, 38% of kitchens, and 30% of shelters reported that there had been an increase in the number of clients who come to their emergency food programs sites. The Food Bank of Central Louisiana is by far the most important source of food for agencies with emergency food providers, accounting for 90% of the food distributed by pantries, 35% of the food distributed by kitchens, and 49% of the food distributed by shelters. Louisiana has one of the highest levels of food insecurity. Research directly links family food hardships to health; learning; and behavioral outcomes in children.
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