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ATT Employees Create and Donate "Bountiful Baskets"

Holiday baskets will be assembled by local officials and volunteers from AT&T

FARGO, ND, December 4, 2012- Building on its volunteerism efforts in the community, AT&T* today announced that it has given the Great Plains Food Bank, a program of Lutheran Social Services of North Dakota, a $5,000 AT&T Cares contribution to build Holiday food baskets for needy families in the local community. AT&T volunteers will work with the Great Plains Food Bank and local officials to assemble the food baskets today at 10:00 a.m. The project will provide some 400 dinners for families this holiday season. Baskets were assembled on Tuesday, December 4, at the Great Plains Food Bank at 1720 3rd Ave N. in Fargo.

The "AT&T Bountiful Baskets" program will provide a traditional holiday feast for local families. Volunteers from the AT&T Mobility stores along with local officials and employees from the Great Plains Food Bank will build the baskets and make them available to local families.

The baskets being built will be delivered as part of the Great Plains Food Bank’s Mobile Food Pantry Program. The baskets will be delivered to families in communities across North Dakota that don’t have access to a traditional food pantry. Great Plains Food Bank trucks will be loaded and will roll into communities to deliver food baskets to an estimated 400 households helping feed children, seniors and
families in need. The communities include Bisbee, Carrington, Devils Lake, Dunseith, New Rockford and Sheyenne.

"This heartfelt gesture from AT&T comes at a perfect time for families facing economic hardship this holiday season and will enable them to celebrate the holidays with a traditional meal,” said Marcia Paulson, director of Marketing and Development for the Great Plains Food Bank. “We are thankful to AT&T and everyone in the community who contributed for helping to help make the Holidays a little brighter for those struggling with hunger," she said.

"AT&T is proud to support the vital work being done by the Great Plains Food Bank to provide food for needy families in North Dakota," said Cheryl Riley, director-External Affairs, AT&T North Dakota. "The Bountiful Baskets program is a great opportunity for our employees to get involved and make a difference in their local community.”

Support for the Bountiful Baskets program is part of AT&T Cares, the company's employee volunteer initiative, created to encourage employees to get engaged in community service that is meaningful to them and their communities.
"I am really pleased and excited to work with AT&T and the Great Plains Food Bank to help bring some holiday joy to families in our community,” said Rep. Al Carlson, North Dakota House Majority Leader. "The Great Plains Food Bank should be applauded for all of the work it does day in and day out to help feed those less fortunate in our state."
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