September 13, 2017

Logistics gives back

Here's our monthly roundup of some of the charitable works and donations by companies in the material handling and logistics space.

By DC Velocity Staff

Hormel food being loaded by Convoy of Hope
Workers for the organization Convoy of Hope load items from Hormel Foods bound for victims of Hurricane Harvey.
  • Cookeville, Tenn.-based less-than-truckload carrier Averitt Express Inc. donated $100,000 to the American Red Cross National Disaster Relief Fund to provide food and shelter for people displaced by Hurricane Harvey. The donation was made from funds collected through the company's employee-giving organization, known as Averitt Cares for Kids.
  • Transport and logistics services giant FedEx Corp. has pledged $1 million in cash and transportation support to deliver critical medical aid and supplies in the wake of Hurricane Harvey. The donation will be used to support disaster relief efforts organized by the American Red Cross, Direct Relief, Heart to Heart International, the Salvation Army, and Team Rubicon, a veterans' group that provides humanitarian aid.
  • Hormel Foods is partnering with the Springfield, Mo.-based humanitarian logistics organization Convoy of Hope to assist people affected by Hurricane Harvey. The food manufacturer has helped stock Convoy of Hope's warehouse with protein-rich products such as peanut butter, chili, chicken breasts, and—you guessed it—Spam that could be positioned and distributed immediately for disaster relief efforts in Texas.
  • PLS Logistics Services, a third-party logistics service provider (3PL) based in Cranberry Township, Pa., will donate 100 percent of the profits from its Texas freight moves for the week of Sept. 4th to the American Red Cross Hurricane Harvey relief efforts. PLS has also teamed up with the American Red Cross and GoFundMe to raise money for the affected communities.
  • Cincinnati-based third-party logistics service provider Total Quality Logistics (TQL) teamed up with the Klosterman Baking Co. to provide free meals to flood victims coping with the aftermath of Hurricane Harvey. Klosterman donated a semi-trailer load of bread to the group "Matthew 25: Ministries" to help Houston-area victims. A TQL-contracted semi transported the loaves from Klosterman's Springfield, Ohio, bakery to Corpus Christi, Texas, where they were made into 95,000 sandwiches for survivors.

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