BOISE, Idaho – Local CenturyLink Inc. (NYSE: CTL) employees and the community donated 3,821 pounds of food and $6,472. Based on these local efforts, the CenturyLink Foundation is contributing an additional $31,683 directly to The Idaho Foodbank. This will provide the equivalent of 117,649 meals for Idahoans.

Nationally, CenturyLink employees and the company’s local communities collected 106,275 actual pounds of food and $271,900 in the 2012 CenturyLink Feed the Children Backpack Buddies Food Drive, which took place June 25-29 in approximately 650 company locations across the country.

To further support its employees’ efforts, the CenturyLink Clarke M. Williams Foundation contributed $1 million to the drive.

“We appreciate our friends and neighbors who joined with our employees in this worthwhile endeavor to improve the quality of life in our communities,” said Jim Schmit, CenturyLink’s vice president and general manager for Idaho. “Together, we are working to help address the hunger issue faced by millions of people across the country as well as those here at home.”

“Gifts like this are critical to our mission of promoting a hunger-free Idaho.” said Karen Vauk, president of The Idaho Foodbank. “We are very grateful to CenturyLink employees, the CenturyLink Foundation, and all those in our community who participated in the CenturyLink Food Drive for their generosity and commitment to assisting those in need.” 

According to the most recent hunger study by Feeding America, the nation’s largest hunger relief organization, more than 267,000 Idahoans, including more than 96,000 children, are at risk of going hungry. That means one in six Idahoans (17 percent) do not have enough food to lead healthy, active lives. 

Nearly 30 percent of Idaho households have at least one person working, and more than one-third of client households report having to choose between food and other basic necessities such as rent, utilities and medical care (based on the 2010 hunger study).

About CenturyLink

CenturyLink is the third largest telecommunications company in the United States. The company provides broadband, voice, wireless and managed services to consumers and businesses across the country. It also offers advanced entertainment services under the CenturyLinkTM PrismTM TV and DIRECTV brands. In addition, the company provides data, voice and managed services to enterprise, government and wholesale customers in local, national and select international markets through its high-quality advanced fiber optic network and multiple data centers. CenturyLink is recognized as a leader in the network services market by key technology industry analyst firms, and is a global leader in cloud infrastructure and hosted IT solutions for enterprises through Savvis, a CenturyLink company. CenturyLink’s customers range from Fortune 500 companies in some of the country’s largest cities to families living in rural America. Headquartered in Monroe, La., CenturyLink is an S&P 500 company and is included among the Fortune 500 list of America’s largest corporations. For more information, visit