GA Food Service has a long and stable history of providing nutritious meal solutions. The company was incorporated in 1973 in Florida and for the first several years, focused on supplying hot, nutritious meals to senior and child nutrition programs in Florida. From our central production facility in St. Petersburg, we continue to provide this service to programs ranging anywhere in size from 50 to over 4,000 hot meals per day. With this background, you can be assured that we are familiar with the special needs and wishes of both children and senior citizens.
After building a modern, spacious plant in 1985, we began production of pre-portioned frozen meals. Since then, our campus has continued to grow. Our facilities are now continuously monitored by on-site USDA inspectors who help ensure we meet the highest of standards.
In 1989, we continued to provide innovative meal solutions by creating what is now a much more familiar concept, a meal kit. GA Foods was the first to introduce a meal kit-type concept for home-delivered meals. The Total Meal System™ concept consists of two, five, or seven complete meals, including frozen, ready-to-be-heated entrees, side dishes, custom-baked high-fiber bread loaves, margarine, dessert, and milk. All of our meals are designed to meet or exceed federal and state regulatory guidelines.
During the 1990s, GA Foods opened four more production facilities in Florida to serve our growing customer base, and in 2004 we opened the sixth production facility in Georgia to serve customers across the Southeast.
2018 was a momentous year for the company when the Alabama Department of Social Services awarded the largest senior nutrition contract in our industry to GA Foods. To serve the state of Alabama, GA Foods simultaneously opened seven new kitchens and launched a corresponding fleet of more than 70 delivery vehicles.
Today, in addition to our daily delivery to senior programs in Florida, Alabama, and Georgia, we provide our nutritious frozen and shelf-stable meals to health plans and senior services in approximately 40 states. We also provide meals to the United States military and are a first-line meal provider in emergency response situations such as hurricanes, floods, and blizzards.