Each year, World Food Day celebrates the founding of the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations and is a time to honor the many partnerships that make the important work of hunger relief possible. Second Harvest Food Bank of Central Florida is grateful for the many gifts of food, financial donations, volunteer hours and in-kind services that help ensure a steady, healthy and safe food supply for our neighbors in need.
Massey Services is one partner that works behind the scenes to keep food bank operations running safely at the main Orlando warehouse and at branch warehouse locations in Daytona Beach and West Melbourne. Massey’s Pest Prevention services focus on preventing pests from getting inside the buildings by using environmentally responsible methods to seal cracks in the walls, foundation, windows or doors.
“As it relates to Second Harvest and its mission to fight hunger in Central Florida, our focus is two-fold,” explains Adam Jones, vice president of quality assurance at Massey Services. “The first is preventing pests from devastating the food supply. The second is to protect people from the diseases associated with pests.”
Jones goes on to explain that an estimated one-fifth to one-third of the world’s food supply never reaches a dinner table due to pest or rodent infestations. By taking steps to protect the food supply from pest infestation, Massey Services plays an important role in protecting the health and well-being of the community.
Over the last five years, Massey Services has provided in-kind pest prevention services at an estimated value of over $100,000. Thanks to their generosity, these savings have allowed Second Harvest to distribute 400,000 meals to 550 feeding partner programs across six Central Florida counties.
“As part of our Massey Services Mission Statement, we believe in being a contributing member to our community,” explains Andrea Massey-Farrell, president and CEO, Harvey & Carol Massey Foundation, and senior vice president community relations, Massey Services. “It’s so important to us to be able to give back to the community that has supported us for so many years. Second Harvest is not only feeding our community, but is transforming lives through its Culinary Training Program.”
As part of the partnership between both organizations, Massey Services has held commercial team member training in Second Harvest’s kitchen facilities. Being able to undergo real world simulations in a commercial kitchen has proven to be valuable training for new team members.
“At the food bank, the goal is to rescue as much of the extra food that exists in our community in the safest and most efficient way possible,” explains Dave Krepcho, president and CEO at Second Harvest. “Partners like Massey Services help protect that food until it is able to be redistributed to the people who need it the most.”
Thank you, Massey Services, for your commitment to fighting hunger in Central Florida.