JACKSONVILLE, Fla., March 14, 2018 – Feeding Northeast Florida is pleased to announce the appointment of Frank D. Castillo as the organization’s new president and CEO. Castillo previously served as Feeding Northeast Florida’s COO and CFO, and has led the organization successfully as interim CEO since September 2017. Castillo’s unique business background, reputation within the community and his passion for serving those who are food insecure makes him ideal to lead the Jacksonville-based nonprofit.
“We are thrilled to name Castillo as Feeding Northeast Florida’s president and CEO,” said Feeding Northeast Florida Board Chairman Josh Martino. “Castillo deeply understands the issue of food insecurity, as it affected him personally growing up. His commitment to the cause, vision for the future and record of accomplishment at Feeding Northeast Florida sets him up for success in this role.”
Feeding Northeast Florida is an important player in Northeast Florida’s nonprofit community serving eight regional counties and has proven itself as a vital community resource, making significant strides to provide food and critical supplies to those struggling with hunger. In the three months following Hurricane Irma, the food bank distributed more than three million emergency meals to those facing the greatest need. The Food Bank also teamed up with organizations like the Jacksonville Jaguars to provide holiday meals to the community in December. And in total, Feeding Northeast Florida distributed more than 12.5 million meals in 2017.
“The team at Feeding Northeast Florida makes me proud every single day, and it is an honor to work for an organization that is mission-critical to our region,” said Castillo. “I am privileged to advocate on behalf of the working poor and those who are most vulnerable in our community. I look forward to being able to continue moving our mission forward for the more than 283,000 people locally struggling with hunger every day.”
In a community with more than 81,000 food insecure children, under Castillo’s leadership, Feeding Northeast Florida’s priority is children and the families that support them. For so many local kids, the only meal they can count on is provided through the free or reduced lunch programs at school. For this reason, Feeding Northeast Florida is committed to providing nutritious food to children by strengthening its hunger relief network of 160 partner organizations and programs, providing Snack Packs to hungry children and by establishing school food pantries in food deserts.
An area of focus in 2018 is finding a comprehensive and collaborative solution to hunger’s damaging impact to Northeast Florida’s economy. Feeding Northeast Florida is working to bridge the gap by aligning with key partners and organizations to collectively develop a strategic plan to position Northeast Florida as one of the strongest economies in the country, while bringing relief to children, seniors and veterans who are underserved in the community.
Castillo joined Feeding Northeast Florida in November 2015 as vice president – finance and administration. In June 2017 he was named COO and CFO. He joined the Food Bank after more than 20 years of financial and administrative experience in the private sector, where he successfully turned around struggling or emerging companies in Silicon Valley and in North Florida. In various capacities, he brought financial and administrative disciplines to secure organizational success. Additionally, Castillo helped organizations raise several rounds of investment capital and worked closely with venture capital firms to develop business goals and strategies that were clearly defined and executed. Organizational successes include acquisitions by Microsoft, Symantec and Orange S.A. (formerly France Telecom S.A.).
Castillo received a Bachelor of Science in Commerce from Santa Clara University in Santa Clara, California. He also received a Master of Divinity from Reformed Theological Seminary of Oviedo, Florida.