Choptank Transport, a nationally recognized, full-service logistics provider headquartered in Preston, Maryland, donated more than 1,500 meals to seniors and families in need in Talbot and Caroline counties this week.
Area charities received cases of family-sized frozen lasagna dinners and canned salmon to distribute to local members of the community who have been hit especially hard during the COVID-19 crisis. These donations from Choptank were distributed to St. Vincent de Paul in Easton, Hurlock Methodist Church, Food for Learning in Denton, and the Neighborhood Service Center in Easton.
Kathy Weaver at St. Vincent de Paul, said, “The donated frozen lasagna came at a perfect time, because we were running out of meat products for our meal bags.”
Pastor Joan Brooks of the Hurlock Methodist Church, which received cases of canned salmon from Choptank, said the church wanted to bless seniors during this uncertain time. “Last Saturday, we provided bags of full meals to seniors over age 70. Two cans of salmon were included in each bag, and we are still getting calls from people saying how appreciative they are!”
Roxanne Wolf, a volunteer with Food for Learning, said the frozen lasagna it received will go mostly to seniors, but also to local families in need. “Getting affordable proteins is tough, and Choptank has put forth a major effort toward this cause,” said Wolf. “We will use these frozen dinners to help serve the Meals-on-Wheels program, which requires door-to-door deliveries. Choptank’s gift means 1,100 meals to food-underserved seniors who are housebound and unable to get to the grocery store. The donation means a lot—it shows the village is working!”
Alicia Parker, the emergency services coordinator at the Neighborhood Service Center, also expressed their appreciation for the meals, saying the lasagna will be very helpful to the community they serve in Easton.
Choptank Transport President and CEO Geoff Turner said, “We feel that it’s part of our company’s mission to be a participant in community giving—especially in these times when COVID-19 has put so many people at risk for food insecurity. As a company, we have been learning to adapt to the current environment. As a community, we all need to do the same.”