Choptank Transport is a third-party logistics company based in Caroline County. The company is nationally recognized as a leading provider of transportation services, primarily food, for both refrigerated and frozen freight as well as dry packaged goods.
There aren’t many companies better suited to facilitate charitable giving during the holiday season than a leader in food logistics. This will be Choptank’s eighth year donating Thanksgiving dinners and roasters to both Talbot and Dorchester County families in need.
Thanks to the generosity of several loyal shipping customers and many of Choptank Transport’s employees, 250 Thanksgiving dinners were put together and delivered by the freight company’s community involvement team.
St. Vincent de Paul, a Catholic charity in Easton, was extremely grateful for Choptank’s delivery of 120 roasters for the upcoming holiday. The Easton Neighborhood Service Center and the Cambridge Salvation Army received roasters and individually packed dinners, including stuffing, cranberry jelly, mashed potatoes, and string beans. One of Choptank’s bakery customers provided desserts for all.
“We are so grateful for Choptank’s donation every year. It really makes what we do so worth-while,” said Marilyn Neal, the executive director at Easton’s Neighborhood Service Center. “We are about to celebrate our 50th year, which is kind of a mixed blessing. Yes, we have helped our residents in need for 50 years, but 50 years later, people still need us, and things haven’t gotten much better. These donations truly mean a lot.”
Geoff Turner, Choptank’s president and CEO, enjoys helping pass out the roasters at St. Vincent de Paul every year. “Thanksgiving is about being grateful for what we have, and I am incredibly thankful for the amazing employees we have at Choptank who came from this very community,” said Turner.
In addition to helping locally, Choptank employees also gathered food and supplies for Operation We Care earlier this month. "My coworkers really stepped up for this effort. Sending boxes of Thanksgiving supplies means so much to the troops overseas, especially when they can't be with their families like the rest of us," said Jerry Hayes, an area sales manager at Choptank who headed up the drive. (Photo left: Employees getting ready to take donations to Operation We Care headquarters in Salisbury, Maryland, for packing and sending.)