Osceola Food Bank Receives Extreme Makeover

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KISSIMMEE, Fla., November 15, 2010 – The Central Florida Community Breadbasket officially re-opened its food distribution facility and community center Nov. 12 in Intercession City after receiving an extreme makeover-style rebuild from 14 businesses.

The Breadbasket is a non-profit food bank that assists more than 1,200 needy families per day in Osceola, Orange and Polk counties. The upgraded facility will be open in time to handle increased needs for food assistance during the upcoming holiday season. It will also provide space to expand the Breadbasket’s youth and senior outreach programs and other community programs.

The new facility was donated by 14 businesses involved with constructing a new power generating unit at the Cane Island Power Park. Zachry Industrial Incorporated led the initiative, which included volunteers and donations from American Waste, Cemex, Crane Rental, Florida Municipal Power Agency, Kissimmee Utility Authority, Hendrick’s Electrical & Construction, Lin Scott Plumbing, Michael A. Romack Building Contractors, Modspace, Robert’s Mobile Home, Siles & Sons, Southern Waste and United Rental. Osceola County also provided assistance.

Giving back to the community has been an essential part of the power plant project known as Cane Island Unit 4. The co-owners and contractors have contributed to the community through charitable giving and volunteerism, as well as impacting the local economy through construction spending. Construction created up to 300 jobs at peak employment with total wages exceeding $42 million. Spending on construction also benefitted the local and regional economies and indirectly created more than 300 additional jobs in the region. Earnings indirectly created by construction are projected to total more than $35 million.

Breadbasket dedication photos: http://tinyurl.com/23xp843

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Founded in 1901, KUA (www.kua.com) is Florida’s sixth largest community-owned utility providing electric and telecommunication services to 62,000 customers in Osceola County, Fla.

Florida Municipal Power Agency (FMPA) is a wholesale power company owned by 30 municipal electric utilities. FMPA provides economies of scale in power generation and related services to support community-owned electric utilities. The members of FMPA serve approximately 2 million Floridians. FMPA’s members include Alachua, Bartow, Blountstown, Bushnell, Chattahoochee, Clewiston, Fort Meade, Fort Pierce, Gainesville, Green Cove Springs, Havana, Homestead, Jacksonville Beach, Key West, Kissimmee, Lake Worth, Lakeland, Leesburg, Moore Haven, Mount Dora, New Smyrna Beach, Newberry, Ocala, Orlando, Quincy, St. Cloud, Starke, Vero Beach, Wauchula and Williston. Additional information is available on the Internet at www.fmpa.com.

Zachry Holdings, Inc. is engaged in the planning, building and renewing of the world’s most critical industrial facilities. As the largest direct-hire, merit-shop constructor in the United States, Zachry provides a range of engineering, construction and maintenance services to top industrial companies. The 85 year-old privately held organization is based in San Antonio. Visit www.zhi.com for more information.

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Chris M. Gent
(407) 933-9836
cgent@kua.com