Ahead of Thanksgiving, AT&T today announced a $5,000 contribution to Community Harvest Food Bank in Fort Wayne.
Community Harvest is the regional food bank for Northeast Indiana, serving Adams, Allen, DeKalb, Huntington, LaGrange, Noble, Steuben, Wells and Whitley counties. Each year, the nonprofit distributes more than 13 million pounds of food to nearly 90,000 people throughout the nine-county region.
The food bank was nominated to receive the $5,000 by the Fort Wayne chapter of the AT&T Pioneers, a volunteer organization made up of AT&T employees and retirees.
“This funding could not have come at a better time, with Thanksgiving just around the corner,” said Community Harvest Food Bank Executive President Carmen Cumberland. “With nearly 400 soup kitchens, homeless shelters, pantries and youth programs depending on us for the majority of their food supply, support from the corporate community is crucial. We are so grateful for this boost from AT&T to help alleviate hunger.”
AT&T Pioneers from the Fort Wayne area have been volunteering at the food bank for 2 years. And leading up to today’s announcement of the AT&T contribution, they conducted a 10-day canned food drive that resulted in an additional food donation for the organization.
“Through our volunteer work, we’ve seen firsthand what a difference Community Harvest makes in Northeast Indiana,” said Damon Kleinknight, an AT&T employee from the Fort Wayne area who represented the Pioneers at the food bank today. “Thank you to our company for also seeing the value in this great organization, and to the food bank’s leadership and staff for all that you do every day to feed those in need.”
In 2017, through nominations by AT&T Pioneers chapters, Employee Resource Groups and international regions, AT&T plans to contribute $255,000 to charities around the world.