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.