How Florida Blue continues serving meals to the community in Jacksonville during coronavirus

By Becky Schilling 

Keeping staff employed during coronavirus has been one of the food service industry’s biggest challenges. As offices closed to stop the spread of the virus, B&I operations found themselves without a customer to feed.

That was the case at Florida Blue in Jacksonville, Fla., a campus that normally hosts 7,000 employees. Now, the campus is down to only 350. The foodservice program, which is managed by contract management company FLIK Hospitality, is providing boxed meals for those Florida Blue employees still on campus, but Damian Monticello, senior manager, corporate hospitality services for Florida Blue, knew his team and kitchens had a larger ability to help out.

In conjunction with Feeding Northeast Florida, part of Feeding America, Monticello and his team are producing up to 2,000 meals a day that are then served to area senior centers and for others in need. The move is a win-win for everyone involved. Those who need food are receiving it, and the food service team at Florida Blue is staying employed and continues to serve up hospitality.

Watch the video to find out more about how this partnership is working.


This article first appeared in Food Management on March 30, 2020. 


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