In early February, Michael Levine ’12, CEO of Global Food Solutions, was contemplating the new coronavirus wreaking havoc in China. Instead of hedging his bets, he went all in on a bold new strategy. Using his ingenuity and data pulled together by him and his team, the entrepreneur kept his business safe — even thriving — despite the virus’ destructive path. He also managed to provide his customers, including schools, hospitals and food pantries, with wholesome yet long-lasting food to help them ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.
With impending school closings and hospitals preparing for overwhelming numbers of the virus’ victims, Levine made a 180-degree-turn and started ramping up the production, logistics and shipping of food products he normally produces in small numbers — grab-and-go meal kits.