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Suddenlink kicks off annual fall food drive

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ALEXANDRIA, La. (KALB News Channel 5) – Annual Program for Food Bank of Central Louisiana to kick off October 7.

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana and Suddenlink will kick off Suddenlink's 7th annual "Connecting to Those in Need" fall food drive on October 7. Last year the "Connecting to Those in Need" campaign collected more than 68,000 pounds of food and monetary equivalent. The program goal this year is to collect 80,000 pounds of non-perishable food items that will be donated to the Food Bank of Central Louisiana, and to its more than 93 member agencies.

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

The Food Bank of Central Louisiana distributes more than 5.6 million pounds of donated grocery items annually through 93 member agencies in 11 parishes that provide food assistance to approximately 22,400 needy people in central Louisiana. 

Suddenlink Community Ambassador Tony Cifelli said that the company's efforts would be stepped up this year to meet the higher goal. Last year Suddenlink employees volunteered a total of 700 hours to support the food drive. Again this year, collection sites will be located at town halls in Pineville, Ball and Pollock, as well as the Suddenlink offices in Pineville, Leesville, Many, Natchitoches and Winnfield.  

In addition, on Saturdays during the six-week drive, Suddenlink staff will be stationed outside of Ball Foods in Ball, Ford's Grocery Store in Colfax, all Mac's Supermarket locations in Alexandria, Tioga, and Pineville, and all Super 1 locations in Alexandria and Pineville. Donations also may be made to Suddenlink technicians as they make their rounds in central Louisiana.  

"Every year we increase our fundraising goal as we see the need in our community grow. I'm proud we have met our goals, but I'm even more proud that we are able to help our neighbors in need," said Cifelli. "Suddenlink employees have a great work ethic and bring that same ethic to helping others in our community."  

Anyone donating at least five non-perishable food items can register to win a 60-inch high-definition television set provided by Suddenlink. The drive will conclude November 20, and a collection total will be announced and prize winner drawn on November 21.

Area school districts in Allen, Catahoula, Concordia, Grant, LaSalle, Sabine, Vernon and Winn are also invited to participate in "Connecting to Those in Need." Suddenlink will present cash awards to schools collecting the most food.  A first place prize of $500, second place prize of $250, and third place prize of $100 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.  The winning student in each division will receive an iPad2.  Schools interested in participating in the food drive should contact The Food Bank at (318) 445-2773.

Connecting to Those in Need Food Drop Locations:

Town Halls

Ball – 100 Municipal Drive

Pineville – 910 Main St.

Pollock – 3813 Patterson St.

Suddenlink Offices

Pineville – 3520 Donahue Ferry Road

Alexandria – Alexandria Mall (next to Burlington Coat Factory)

Leesville – 307 N. 5th St.

Many – 715 Shreveport Highway

Natchitoches – 321 Texas St.

Winnfield – 701 W. Court St. 

Grocery Store Locations

Ball Foods – 5916 Monroe Highway, Ball

Mac's Supermarket – 4621 Shreveport Highway, Pineville

Mac's Supermarket – 3005 Highway 28 East, Pineville

Mac's Supermarket – 4615 Jackson St., Alexandria

Super 1 – 2951 Cottingham Expressway, Pineville

Super 1 – 3123 Highway 28 East, Pineville

Super 1 – 604 MacArthur Drive, Alexandria

Ford's Grocery – Main Street, Colfax

Food Bank of Central Louisiana

3223 Baldwin Ave., Alexandria


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