Jacksonville, FL – September 28, 2021 – FlexCold announced that, along with ARCO Design/Build, a donation has been made to Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL), the region’s largest food bank serving eight counties in Northeast Florida. The financial contribution was made in lieu of a larger scale groundbreaking event for FlexCold’s new 150,000 square foot cold storage warehouse, which will be located three miles from the Port of Jacksonville.
According to FNEFL, each 1 dollar donated to the food bank helps provide six meals to individuals experiencing food insecurity. FlexCold and ARCO Design/Build’s $10,000.00 donation will help provide 60,000 meals to people in need on the First Coast.
“For 1 in 7 individuals in our community, a daily meal isn’t a choice between different dishes. It’s a choice between food and other crucial needs – like medicine or electricity,” said Susan King, President and CEO of FNEFL. “We are grateful for FlexCold and its partner ARCO Design/Build’s generous donation and we look forward to welcoming FlexCold in Jacksonville next summer.”
With nearly 240,000 individuals – including 76,000 children – throughout Northeast Florida expected to face food insecurity in 2021 paired with the residual challenges from COVID-19 still looming, FNEFL continues to sustain elevated levels of outreach and food distribution to meet the needs of the most vulnerable members of the community.
“Contributing to the mission of FNEFL and being a positive partner to the Jacksonville community, was important to all of us at FlexCold and our partner, ARCO Design/Build,” said Jeff Manno, co-owner, FlexCold. “As our building is under construction and we expand our team to open in summer 2022, we are looking forward to growing our partnership with FNEFL.”
About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL) is the region’s largest nonprofit (501c3) food bank and hunger relief network. FNEFL provides nutritious foods and other essential goods to those in need, and strives to improve the quality of life for people living in Northeast Florida by addressing food insecurity, poverty
and poor health. Alongside our network of food distribution, agency and community partners, the Food Bank provides food resources and hope to help the more than 1 in 7 people living in our eight-county service area (Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns) who struggle to feed themselves and their families. Feeding Northeast Florida works daily to find solutions to address the issues of food insecurity and poverty through awareness, advocacy, education, and action in ways that promote dignity, respect, and empowerment. For more information, visit feedingnefl.org.
Opening summer 2022, FlexCold will be a modern cold storage warehouse and logistics company, strategically located three miles from the Port of Jacksonville. The FlexCold warehouse is designed specifically to serve industries such as seafood, poultry, beef, and frozen consumer packaged goods. In addition to FlexCold’s use of innovative technology and systems, it will also provide a unique working environment where team members will grow and thrive in a family-like culture. www.flexcold.com.
About ARCO Design/Build
ARCO Design/Build is an award winning national design-build firm ranked as the #1 builder of distribution centers and warehouses by Engineering News Record and recognized as a leader in construction of industrial project types, including but not limited to cold storage warehouse, light industrial distribution, and manufacturing.