Big Red Tomato Packers owner, David Neill (left), introduces aspiring politician and Take Stock in Children Scholarship recipient, Homart, to then Florida Senator, Ken Pruitt (right).

 

Big Red owner Richard Neill sponsored the building of the state of the art four-county regional crime lab on the Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex on Indian River Sate College’s main campus in Fort Pierce.

 

General manager, Patrick Engle, and manager, Erin Neill Cox, stand next to bins of bell peppers being donated to the Treasure Coast Food Bank. 

 

 

 

Big Red Tomato Packers supports numerous local charities and organizations.  A long-time patron of the St. Lucie County Fair, Big Red encourages local 4-H and FFA youth agricultural projects.  Big Red supports the Second Harvest Food Bank and the Society of St. Andrews Gleaning Network. 

Big Red partners, Richard and David Neill, are active supporters of Indian River State College.  Both Richard and David recognize the importance of public service.  The Treasure Coast Public Safety Complex, located on the Indian River State College main campus in Fort Pierce, is designed to serve as a prototype for public safety education nationwide.  The 50 acre complex will train over 1,200 law enforcement, firefighters, EMT’s and other public service professionals for real life situations.  David Neill, and business partner Joey Miller, sponsored Criminal Justice Assessment Suite.  The suite is authentic booking and criminal retention area complete with a jail cell and working “sally port.”  Law enforcement trainees are taught proper handling and extraction techniques.  Partner Richard Neill helped provide for an updated four-county Crime Lab that includes an observation area, ballistic testing and other sophisticated forensics operations. 

Richard and David care passionately about the future of our children.  Both men champion the Take Stock in Children Scholarship Program at Indian River State College.  The Take Stock program gives low-income, at-risk students a chance to succeed by providing a four-year college scholarship in exchange for good grades and behavior, in and out of high school.  Through mentoring from responsible adults, the Take Stock program ensures success in high school and beyond for students that would potentially have dropped out.


Judith Cruz
Executive Director

"Treasure Coast Food Bank is working hard to combat hunger in our community.  Each day, more than 7,400 Treasure Coast residents have no idea where their next meal will come from.  Sadly, children make up 55% of those facing hunger on a daily basis.  Worsening economic conditions have dramatically increased demand for food assistance in the four county area we serve.  Our innovative programs are making a difference in so many lives.  Partnerships with local businesses like Big Red Tomato Packers and the Neill Family serve as a vital link in providing healthy fresh produce to those who have uncertain or limited access to affordable nutritious food.  Food insecurity is  an invisible crisis in our community, but together we are fighting hunger and feeding hope on the Treasure Coast.”

 

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