The Salvation Army and CMA CGM Partner Up to Distribute Turkeys

Nov 17, 2023

Volunteers from The Salvation Army Greater New York division and CMA CGM distributing turkeys

  • “Giving Across North America,” a CMA CGM Foundation initiative, donates 1,500 turkeys and 1,500 bags of Thanksgiving food staples for those in need in the Harlem community.
  • This campaign will provide an additional 1,400 bags of holiday food staples to be distributed in December.
  • These combined actions, in partnership with The Salvation Army Greater New York Division, will deliver more than 29,500 meals in New York City.
  • In 2023, the “Giving Across North America” campaign will provide 133,000 meals across the United States and Canada.

A partnership with purpose

Today, as part of the CMA CGM Foundation’s “Giving Across North America” campaign, in partnership with The Salvation Army, 1,500 locally sourced 16 lb. turkeys and 1,500 bags of Thanksgiving food staples were provided to those facing food insecurity in New York City. The turkeys were delivered by CEVA Logistics and distributed to Harlem residents by CMA CGM employee volunteers at the Harlem Temple Community Center.

In December, an additional 1,400 bags of holiday food staples, each feeding a family of five, will be distributed to the community. According to the Salvation Army, these combined actions will provide more than 29,500 warm meals to New York City residents during the holidays.

Peter Levesque, President and CEO, CMA CGM (America) LLC, and American President Lines, LLC, said, "This CMA CGM Foundation action provides a warm meal for thousands in our New York City community who are facing hunger and food insecurity. We are grateful for our partners at The Salvation Army, and our employee volunteers, whose hard work made this operation a success. At Thanksgiving and throughout the year, we are committed to giving back to the communities where we work and live.”

Major Marcus Jugenheimer, General Secretary of the Salvation Army Greater New York Division, declared, “As inflation continues to impact our community, we've seen an increased demand for our services. Many families struggle through the holidays to put food on the table with the rising cost of groceries. We are incredibly grateful for our partnership with the CMA CGM Foundation, which will enable us to deliver almost 30,000 additional meals this holiday season.”

Fighting food insecurity in North America

Following a successful launch in Montréal, Canada, in October, with subsequent events in Los Angeles and New York, the next stop for the “Giving Across North America” campaign will be Norfolk, VA, where thousands more turkeys, bags of food staples, and hot meals will be distributed.

At the culmination of this initiative, the CMA CGM Foundation will have mobilized 250 CMA CGM staff member volunteers and distributed a combined total of 5,500 turkeys, 15,130 bags of food staples, and 350 hot meals for homebound seniors, providing 133,000 meals to those in need across North America.

About the CMA CGM Foundation

Established in 2005, the CMA CGM Foundation is chaired by Tanya Saadé Zeenny. It is committed to working for “Education for All,” has supported since its inception close to 400 projects, which have benefited tens of thousands of children. With its focus on humanitarian and societal challenges facing many countries, it has also run the Containers of Hope operation since 2012. Thanks to this massive transport operation, major humanitarian organizations are able to ship equipment for humanitarian relief at no cost via the CMA CGM Group’s lines. Learn more: CMA CGM Foundation. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.

About the Salvation Army Greater New York Division

The Salvation Army provides physical, emotional, and spiritual support to individuals in need, without discrimination. Today, it's the largest provider of social services in the US with over 7,600 centers serving more than 30 million people annually. In Greater New York, over sixty facilities including 38 community and worship centers, eight group homes, three rehabilitation centers, three homeless shelters, and other programs empower 687,173 New Yorkers throughout the five boroughs, Long Island, and the Lower Hudson Valley. Follow on Facebook, Instagram, and LinkedIn.


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