Judith Cruz, president and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank, and Pete Tesch, board member of Treasure Coast Food Bank, display the Best Places to Work award.

FORT PIERCE — For the second consecutive year, Treasure Coast Food Bank was honored to be named to the list of Best Places to Work in St. Lucie County at the 16th Annual Best Places to Work Awards.

Treasure Coast Food Bank, which feeds more than 100,000 people in Indian River, St. Lucie, Martin and Okeechobee counties, ranked especially high for its employee growth and diversity among management. The award is given by the St. Lucie County Human Resources Association, which honored the winners at a luncheon at St. Lucie Trail Golf Club on Nov. 1.

“We’re honored to be recognized for the second year in a row,” said Judith Cruz, President and CEO of Treasure Coast Food Bank. “Our employees go above and beyond every day to serve our community, and I’m very proud of them and of the work we do together.”

Treasure Coast Food Bank was honored in the small employer category of under 100 employees. Each participating company completed a survey by an independent consulting firm that used more than 30 measurements to determine best practices to attract and retain a workforce. Those included turnover rates, growth, employee development spending, promotion percentages, insurance packages and retirement plans.

Treasure Coast Food Bank stood out for its exceptional growth rate of nearly 20 percent. The average among those evaluated was 4 percent. It also ranked high for its diversity among management. With 16.5 percent of management as minorities, it was twice the average.

The St. Lucie County Human Resources Association is the local chapter for the Society for Human Resource Management. The goal of the association is to promote a high standard of excellence for human resource practitioners in the St. Lucie County area through the following activities: professional development, networking opportunities, current events and community involvement.

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