Altice USA, parent company of Suddenlink, and The Food Bank of Central Louisiana will kick off the 12th annual “Connecting to Those in Need” fall food drive on September 17.
This partnership between Suddenlink and the food bank started in 2007 and has collected more than 302 tons of food (604,000 pounds). The food bank distributes more than 6 million pounds of donated grocery items annually, which helps approximately 22,400 needy people in central Louisiana.
“Hunger is a symptom of poverty and economic stress, which can be relieved through the kindness and generosity of our community. 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 and investing our local Suddenlink communities where our employees live and work. We are grateful for the opportunity to support with the Food Bank of Central Louisiana in the fight against hunger in the area,” said Robbie Lee, Regional Vice President of Market Engagement in the Louisiana area.
Donations can be made at the Food Bank office in Alexandria or Suddenlink retail stores in Alexandria, Pineville, Winnfield, and Natchitoches as well as to Suddenlink technicians as they make their rounds in central Louisiana. A complete list of food drop-off locations and addresses is below.
Local school districts in Allen, Catahoula, Concordia, LaSalle, Sabine, Winn parishes are also invited to participate in “Connecting to Those in Need.” The local Suddenlink teams will present a cash prize to the two schools collecting the most food.
Students donating five non-perishable food items can register to win prizes awarded in each of the elementary, junior high and high school divisions. The winning students will receive a fire HD8 tablet donated by Suddenlink. 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.
The drive will conclude November 9, and a collection total will be announced, and prize winner drawn on November 15.
FOOD DROP-OFF LOCATIONS:
Pineville – 3520 Donahue Ferry Road
Alexandria – Alexandria Mall (next to Burlington Coat Factory)
Natchitoches – 321 Texas St.
Winnfield – 701 W. Court St.
Food Bank of Central Louisiana
3223 Baldwin Ave., Alexandria