SAN PEDRO, Calif. – Nov. 23, 2020 – With Thanksgiving a few days away, the Port of Los Angeles, Los Angeles Port Police and the CMA CGM Group, a world leader in shipping and logistics, have joined together to distribute 2,000 turkeys donated by CMA CGM Group to Los Angeles families over the weekend. CMA CGM Group will also donate 300 prepared meals to three Harbor Area homeless shelters on Thanksgiving Day.
“Families across the Los Angeles region—including our local Harbor community—have endured many unforeseen challenges in 2020 because of the coronavirus pandemic,” said Port of Los Angeles Executive Director Gene Seroka, who also serves as the City of Los Angeles’ Chief Logistics Officer and leads Logistics Victory Los Angeles (LoVLA), the City’s COVID-19 response initiative. “We hope these donations made possible by CMA CGM will bring a bit of joy and comfort to our community as the Thanksgiving holiday approaches.”
Los Angeles Port Police and LoVLA volunteers coordinated the distribution of 18-pound frozen turkeys donated by the CMA CGM Group to designated families in San Pedro and Wilmington. The Los Angeles Police Department (LAPD) also distributed turkeys to families throughout South Los Angeles.
The CMA CGM donation of 300 meals will go to homeless shelters in the Harbor area on Thanksgiving Day, including the veteran-operated Wilmington A Bridge Home, Salvation Army’s Sunrise Shelter in San Pedro and San Pedro A Bridge Home operated by Harbor Interfaith. The meals will be hand-delivered by Los Angeles Port Police
“CMA CGM has a long tradition of giving back to the communities we serve,” said Ed Aldridge, President of CMA CGM America. “There is no doubt that COVID-19 has fundamentally changed how all of us will experience Thanksgiving this year and while it remains an uncertain time, the CMA CGM Group is honored to help Los Angeles families celebrate this important holiday. We are particularly grateful to the Port of Los Angeles and Los Angeles Port Police who are helping make distribution and delivery possible.”
The food donation by CMA CGM to the Los Angeles-area is part of a larger charitable food distribution initiative by the France-based company, which will feed more than 35,000 Americans across the nation over the Thanksgiving holiday.
The Port of Los Angeles remains open with all terminals operational during the COVID-19 pandemic. North America’s leading seaport by container volume and cargo value, the Port of Los Angeles facilitated $276 billion in trade during 2019. San Pedro Bay port complex operations and commerce facilitate one in nine jobs across the counties of Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura.