As the devastating impacts of COVID-19 in Northeast Florida have continued to unfurl, nowhere have they been felt more severely than in the areas of unemployment and food insecurity. Realizing this, local staffing company, Alluvion and Feeding Northeast Florida, the region’s largest nonprofit food bank, have joined forces to launch #StaffLocalFeedLocal. For every placement that Alluvion makes between June 15th – September 30th, the staffing firm will donate meals through Feeding Northeast Florida, with the twin goals of putting people back to work and donating up to 100,000 meals to local families.
“We are excited to partner with such a strong local civic-minded company like Alluvion”, said Susan King, President & CEO of Feeding Northeast Florida. “They work with companies and individuals around the nation, and it is wonderful to see them focus their efforts here at home where the need is so great. Obviously, there is a strong connection between unemployment and food insecurity, so we are thrilled to be able to tackle both of the issues concurrently, with Alluvion.”
According to the Florida Department of Economic Opportunity’s May 22nd report, the jobless rate in the Jacksonville metropolitan area (Duval, Baker, Clay, Nassau and St. Johns counties) rose from 4.3% in March to 11.2% in April with businesses reporting the loss of 79,430 jobs and nearly every industry but construction, reporting declines.
Food insecurity has long been a critical problem in Jacksonville. According to UNF’s Department of Nutrition & Dietetics Center for Nutrition & Food Security, in the U.S., 1 in 6 Americans (15.8%). lack access to adequate amounts of healthy food, including 21.4% of U.S. Children. In Florida, the numbers are 17% of adults and 26.7% of children. Within Florida, Duval County has one of the highest rates of food insecurity with 20.1% of all adults, food insecure.
In 2019, Feeding Northeast Florida provided more than 14.4 million meals to its network of social service agencies in eight counties throughout Northeast Florida. Current projections are for more than 2.1 million meals to be delivered to those in need in 2020.
“We are urging Northeast Florida employers to join us in putting local workers back to work,” said David Reichard, President & CEO of Alluvion. “As a Jacksonville-based company, we feel a strong professional, civic and moral duty to help out our local community during these challenging times.”
“We are fortunate in Jacksonville to have been less impacted in terms of job loss than other areas of Florida. We’d like to seize this momentum and help lead our state to broader recovery. If we can do this, while also helping our neighbors deal with the long-term effects of COVID-19 in our community through the efforts of Feeding Northeast Florida, that’s a win/win.”
Alluvion is a national talent acquisition and outsourcing firm headquartered in Jacksonville, Florida. Founded in 2000 by President & CEO, David Reichard, Alluvion helps clients ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small-and-medium businesses meet their workforce demands. The firm specializes in the areas of Information Technology, Finance & Accounting and Office Professionals. Alluvion, along with other business leaders, launched the Northeast Florida STEM2 Hub in Jacksonville to promote STEM curriculum in the area. Alluvion has grown to become one of the state’s fastest-growing companies, having made over 20,000 placements in 50 states. The company is a Jacksonville Business Journal “Fast 50” and “Best Places to Work” award-winner, as well as a “Florida Fast 100” award recipient. More information: alluvion.com
About Feeding Northeast Florida
The mission of Feeding Northeast Florida (FNEFL), the region’s largest nonprofit (501c3) food bank and hunger relief network, is to improve the quality of life of Northeast Florida by addressing food insecurity, poverty, and poor health by providing nutritious foods and other essential goods to those in need in collaboration with community partners. Alongside our network of food distribution and agency partners, Feeding Northeast Florida provides food and hope to help the more than 1-6 people living in our 8- county (Baker, Bradford, Clay, Duval, Flagler, Nassau, Putnam, and St. Johns) service area 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. More information: feedingnefl.org