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  November 26th, 2020 | Written by

SC Ports Kick-Off Thanksgiving with Food for Hungry Families

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Volunteers from the South Carolina Ports Authority, the CMA CGM Group, and The Salvation Army of Charleston partnered earlier this week to help those in need for the holidays. As part of CMA CGM’s Giving Across America campaign, more than 80 boxes packed to serve up to 500 meals were successfully distributed to families in the Lowcountry region this week. The meals were specifically prepared for families to enjoy on Thanksgiving and after the holiday is over, according to information released.

“We appreciate CMA CGM spearheading this great initiative and inviting us to collaborate,” SC Ports President and CEO Jim Newsome said. “The pandemic has caused hardships for so many, and it is very meaningful to the SC Ports team to support our community in partnership with the CMA CGM Group and The Salvation Army. We hope these meals provide a little comfort and happiness for families during Thanksgiving.”

In addition to these partnership efforts by CMA CGM Group, more than 10,000 turkeys were distributed along with thousands of additional meals in other cities such as Charleston; Houston; Lake Charles, La.; Los Angeles; Nashville; Norfolk, Va.; and Savannah, Ga. Driven by the ambitious Giving Across America campaign of feeding 35,000+ Americans this Thanksgiving, this represents one of several initiatives taken by CMA CGM Group to support those in need. 

“CMA CGM plays a critical role in driving the U.S. economy forward, and it is an honor to be able to give back to communities across America, especially during such a challenging time,” said Ed Aldridge, president of CMA CGM America and American President Lines North America. “Our partnership with SC Ports and The Salvation Army of Charleston enabled us to bring Thanksgiving meals to those in need in the Charleston region, and it was an honor to do so.”

SCPA has also continued efforts in addressing food insecurity, environmental initiatives, health and education in the state through generous offerings. A total of $22,000 was donated by SCPA to the Lowcountry Food Bank in addition to raising $108,000 for American Heart Association’s 2020 Lowcountry Heart Walk and contributed $128,500 towards the 2019 Community Giving Program.