11/21/2011 - Charter's "Movies for Food" supports MANNA FoodBank
by Caitlin Byrd - Mountain XPress
ASHEVILLE, NC - The sight of empty shelves at local food pantries is an all-too-often occurrence these days. Food banks find themselves serving more families in need than in recent past.
Over the years, Charter employees and customers across the country have participated in giving programs that benefit their communities, and this year is no exception. Movies for Food is a nationwide donation program created by Charter to help re-stock empty food assistance organizations' shelves in our communities.
Charter employees throughout Asheville know that local food assistance organizations are wrestling with the same dilemma facing other organizations across the country.
"Holiday time is especially difficult for many Asheville families," said Anthony Pope, Vice President and General Manager of Charter's operations in North Carolina. "Our Movies for Food program enables us to help families who may experience tough times this winter. This is the impetus for Charter to work alongside MANNA FoodBank, offering Charter On Demand movie coupons for food donations; and giving away an HDTV, a year of the Charter Bundle with HD and many other great prizes."
Customers donating four non-perishable food items will receive an On Demand movie coupon, (cable channel 1 with a Charter digital set top receiver). Customers donating eight or more non-perishable food items will receive two On Demand movie coupons.
"Without the support from corporate and business partners in our area, MANNA FoodBank would certainly struggle to meet the needs of 1in 6 of our neighbors across our 16 county service region," said Joshua Stack, Communications and Marketing Manager for MANNA FoodBank. "We're grateful for Charter's support and the incentive they provide their customers to make a difference in our work to end hunger in WNC."
Charter's partnership with local organizations guarantees that food donations are distributed in the community in which the donation was received. Residents and Charter customers may visit the Charter Sales and Service Center in Asheville, 1670 Hendersonville Road, to drop off the non-perishable food items.
Charter's Movies for Food program is currently underway and accepting donations through Saturday, December 31. To find the nearest Charter office visit charter.com/locations. More information is available atcharter.com/moviesforfood.