BATON ROUGE, La. (BRPROUD) — Focus Foods in Baton Rouge is adding 100 jobs through its $1.7 million expansion. This community-based food service company delivers more than 30,000 meals a week to students in several parishes.

Focus Foods started as just one food truck delivering meals to those in need. Now, they are moving into a 75,000-square-foot distribution center to help even more people in the community.

“We are here to bridge that gap between food insecurity and kids that need food, you know,” Marketing Communications Specialist Mary Joy Fasullo said.

Fasullo said the company’s main goal is to help kids in kindergarten through 12th grade who rely on these meals.

“Living is hard and life is expensive, you know, and everybody has a need for something. You need those healthy fruits and vegetables for you and your kids, you know, it’s whatever we can do to help the people in our community, to help the people that need it we are going to do it,” said Fasullo.

Focus Foods will be expanding into an old distribution facility off Choctaw Drive, adding 100 new jobs and putting more than 400 people on their payroll. Baton Rouge Area Chamber CEO Adam Knapp said this helps the city of Baton Rouge.

“Nine million in new payroll for those jobs, that’s going to be fabulous not just for the metro area to have this company doing what it does, but also seeing them make this investment for north Baton Rouge,” said Knapp.

Focus Foods says although the pandemic is slowing down, the need is there and they plan to continue growing to help as many people as possible. Focus Foods will make the move in August and plans to start hiring immediately.

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