Hunger-Relief Partners and Community to Benefit from Nonprofit Leader’s Deep Experience and Passion
JACKSONVILLE, Fla. (August 2, 2019) — Feeding Northeast Florida, the greater Jacksonville’s largest nonprofit community food bank, announced today that Susan King will serve as its new president and CEO.
King steps into the role after former CEO Frank Castillo resigned for personal reasons in May. “We are incredibly grateful for all of Frank Castillo’s hard work and dedication to Feeding Northeast Florida,” says Josh Martino, president of Feeding Northeast Florida’s board of directors. “We are excited to work with Susan as she brings her knowledge and experience to help fight food insecurity in our community.”
More than 253,000 people in the organization’s eight-county service area turn to food pantries and meal service programs to feed themselves. Through the distribution of food and other essential goods, promoting healthy living, and by advocating for the well-being of those struggling with hunger, Feeding Northeast Florida’s mission is to address social and health care issues, to educate the community about food insecurity, and to collect relevant data to improve the welfare of our community.
“Susan’s strong financial background, leadership experience and heart for the underserved make her an excellent choice for this important role,” says Martino. “Susan has a passion for addressing social disparities, and I’m confident she will deliver on our overarching mission of eradicating hunger in our community.”
In 2018, Feeding Northeast Florida distributed more than 14.1 million meals in eight counties throughout Northeast Florida.
“It is an honor to join Feeding Northeast Florida as its president and CEO,” King said. “I look forward to continuing the great work being done in our community by this wonderful organization and am passionate about bringing innovative and entrepreneurial ideas to alleviating food insecurity for our neighbors in need.”
King previously served as a member of Feeding Northeast Florida’s board of directors. She’s also held prominent roles including Executive Director for WeCareJax, Executive Director of Beaches Emergency Assistance Ministry (BEAM) and President/CEO at Atlantic Beach Urban Farms. Before following her heart to work in the nonprofit sector, King spent more than two decades working as a financial professional primarily in commercial real estate development.
King holds a bachelor’s degree from the University of West Florida and is a Certified Public Accountant and Licensed Real Estate Broker. She and her husband reside in Atlantic Beach, Fla.
For more information, visit feedingnefl.org.
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About Feeding Northeast Florida
Feeding Northeast Florida works daily to provide healthy food and critical resources to those locally struggling with food insecurity across eight regional counties. In 2018, more than 14 million meals were distributed throughout Northeast Florida through the organization’s robust hunger-relief network of 160 partners and programs. For more information about Feeding Northeast Florida, visit feedingnefl.org.