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<p>From left: Cassandra Charles-Gerst, Ashley Barrie, Mary Milmoe, Jon Shaw and Bill Fletcher with Feeding South Florida CEO Paco Velez in front of a refrigerated truck that delivers food to food pantries.</p>

Carrier donates reefer equipment to support Feeding South Florida

Supporting Feeding South Florida’s goal of providing food and services to nearly 800,000 residents each year, Carrier Transicold announced the donation of five air-conditioning split systems and a refrigerated trailer for temporary cold storage.

The contributions will benefit Feeding South Florida’s new distribution and training center, Feeding Palm Beach County, which opened in Boynton Beach in October 2016.

“Carrier’s support of Feeding South Florida and Feeding Palm Beach County represents the positive impact that corporations can have in their communities,” said Sari Vatske, vice-president of community relations, Feeding South Florida. “It’s great to have industry-specific support of our operations and facilities.”

The new 25,000 square-foot distribution and training center includes a large warehouse to store dry goods and a commercial kitchen to prepare meals, with plans for walk-in freezers and coolers to accommodate perishable items such as fruits and vegetables. Feeding Palm Beach County also provides a culinary jobs training program. The facility is expected to serve more than 10 million meals in 2017.

The recent contributions follow the donation of a 20-ton temporary cooling system by Carrier Rentals for the site’s grand opening event in autumn 2016.

“Carrier has been committed to making the world a better place to live since its founding and is pleased to be able to provide product and services to support the good work of Feeding America and its local members,” said Matthew Pine, vice-president, marketing, Carrier.

The rental refrigerated trailer, which includes a Carrier Vector refrigeration unit with E-Drive all-electric technology, is part of a larger grant of $150,000 made by Carrier Transicold and UTC in March to Feeding America. In addition to supporting Feeding Palm Beach County, the grant makes possible the donation of truck and trailer refrigeration units to seven individual food banks in the Feeding America network.

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