DURHAM, N.C. — Duke Men’s Basketball Head Coach Mike Krzyzewski, along with Kevin Marchetti, a former team manager and now Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of Lineage Logistics, the world’s largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company, announced Friday a donation of $225,000 to the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina to immediately help those affected by COVID-19.
The announcement was made by Krzyzewski and Marchetti to help raise awareness for Lineage Logistics’ Share A Meal campaign, which aims to help provide 100 million meals*, in partnership with Feeding America®, the nation’s largest hunger-relief organization, to help ensure no family or child goes hungry during this global pandemic.
“Lineage is proud to partner with Duke University Basketball and the Krzyzewski family to bring our combined resources and networks to bear to support our local communities and food banks, a critical part of our country’s food infrastructure,” said Marchetti, Managing Partner at Bay Grove and co-founder of Lineage Logistics. “For years, Duke has been an important ally for Lineage, helping us to grow into the company we are today and sharing our deep commitment to improving the world’s access to nutrient-rich foods. Having known and worked for Coach K for many years, Lineage is proud to stand with him and the entire Duke basketball family to support the Durham community in this time of great need.”
Marchetti has been key in rallying the support of a number of former Duke Basketball players, including Shane Battier, Kyrie Irving, J.J. Redick, Jayson Tatum, Josh Hairston, Nick Arison, Mike Dunleavy Jr., and Trajan Langdon, who have been involved or have secured support from their networks to benefit their local or regional food banks in support of the Share A Meal campaign.
“This is going to make a huge impact in the work we’re doing right now,” said Jennifer Caslin, Marketing and Project Manager for the Food Bank of Central and Eastern North Carolina. “We couldn’t be more grateful. Thank you for everything you are doing at Duke, and that you have done in the past. Thank you for the wonderful gift, and we hope that you can get back on the court soon.”
Coach K is calling to action Duke fans, both locally and globally, and hopes to activate more of the Duke Basketball Brotherhood to follow the lead of Redick, Tatum, Irving and Battier. Those wishing to support the campaign should visit www.feedingamerica.org/
“A cool thing for me all the time is bringing great players together and all of a sudden, it really produces a great team, but more importantly great results,” said Coach K, during today’s announcement on Duke’s Brotherhood Connect show. “Today, it’s about bringing two great entities together and we’re going to have great results. We’re hoping that what Kevin and Lineage have done in working with us and really creating our team, that it will prompt a lot of people at Duke and create an awareness. It’s an honor for us to work with Lineage, and for us to be able to support the great work being done at the Food Bank. To work with all of you – what an amazing thing for our program to help in some way.”
Marchetti, a Duke Basketball Legacy Fund member, was a team manager for the Blue Devils from 1996-2000 and graduated cum laude from Duke with a major in Economics and a minor in History. Marchetti is now the Co-Founder and Managing Director of Bay Grove, Lineage’s owner-operator, where he is active in all day-to-day activities of the firm and responsible for investment decisions. He is a Co-Founder and Co-Executive Chairman of Lineage Logistics Holdings, LLC., the world’s largest temperature-controlled warehousing and logistics company and REIT globally.
*100 million meal equivalent will include financial and in-kind donations facilitated by Lineage and its partners to Feeding America and other hunger-relief organizations.
About Feeding America®
Feeding America® is the largest hunger-relief organization in the United States. Through a network of 200 food banks and 60,000 food pantries and meal programs, we provide meals to more than 40 million people each year. Feeding America also supports programs that prevent food waste and improve food security among the people we serve; educates the public about the problem of hunger; and advocates for legislation that protects people from going hungry. Individuals, charities, businesses and government all have a role in ending hunger. Donate. Volunteer. Advocate. Educate. Together we can solve hunger. Visit www.feedingamerica.org, find us on Facebook or follow us on Twitter.
About the Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina
The Food Bank of Central & Eastern North Carolina is a nonprofit organization that has provided food for people at risk of hunger in 34 counties in central and eastern North Carolina for more than 35 years. The Food Bank serves a network of more than 900 partner agencies such as soup kitchens, food pantries, shelters, and programs for children and adults through warehouses in Durham, Greenville, New Bern, Raleigh, the Sandhills (Southern Pines), and Wilmington. In fiscal year 2018-2019, the Food Bank distributed over 80 million pounds of food (over half of which was perishable) and nonfood essentials through these agencies. Sadly, hunger remains a serious problem in central and eastern North Carolina. In these counties, nearly 600,000 people struggle to access nutritious and adequate amounts of food necessary for an active and healthy life. foodbankcenc.org.
About Lineage Logistics
Lineage is the world’s largest and most innovative provider of temperature-controlled logistics solutions. Lineage’s expertise in end-to-end logistical solutions, its unrivaled facility network, and its use of technology combine to promote food safety, increase distribution efficiency, advance sustainability, lessen environmental impact, and minimize supply chain waste. As a result, Lineage helps customers ranging from Fortune 500 companies to small family-owned businesses increase the efficiency and protect the integrity of their temperature-controlled supply chain. In recognition of the company’s leading innovations, Lineage was recognized as the No 1. Data Science company on Fast Company’s Annual list of The World’s Most Innovative Companies in 2019, in addition to ranking 23rd overall in an evaluation of thousands of companies worldwide. For more information, visit: www.lineagelogistics.