MSC Partners With Miami-Dade County to Provide Relief For Haiti

The MSC Foundation and Food For The Poor have partnered with Miami-Dade County Mayor Daniella Levine Cava and Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime to coordinate humanitarian assistance and emergency aid to the people of Haiti. These efforts are in response to the ongoing crisis in the Caribbean nation.

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L to R: PortMiami CEO and Director Juan M. Kuryla; Food For The Poor Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer Mark Khouri; Miami-Dade Mayor Daniella Levine Cava; Alessio Lombardi, Trade Manager, Central America & Caribbean at MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company; and Elizabeth Owens, Chief of Staff for Miami-Dade Commissioner Jean Monestime (Photo: Food For The Poor)

The MSC Foundation is donating 20 shipping containers to earthquake victims for immediate use as temporary shelter and the storage of provisions.

MSC Group will also be supporting the MSC Foundation through its cargo business — MSC Mediterranean Shipping Company — to coordinate additional shipments of goods from PortMiami.

Since its launch in 2019, the MSC Foundation has contributed both to immediate and longer-term relief and recovery efforts across the world. Examples of previous projects include delivering healthcare services and education supplies in five remote communities in Haiti, providing hurricane disaster relief and supporting the recovery of damaged facilities in the Bahamas, facilitating access to personal protective equipment in the most COVID-19 affected countries, and shipping essential goods to communities impacted by the volcanic eruption in St. Vincent & the Grenadines.

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MSC Group, a shipping and logistics conglomerate, has been closely tied to the region for decades. Through its import and export cargo operations, as well as other investments through MSC Cruises, the group has a strong presence in Florida and has been serving as a key player in the development of the economy in Haiti.

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About three dozen volunteers from Miami-Dade County government, PortMiami and MSC Foundation visited Food For The Poor’s Coconut Creek warehouse to sort and pack food, baby kits and cleaning kits for Haiti. (Photo: Food For The Poor)

“We are proud to work with partners that allow us to respond quickly to situations of need, deploying our capabilities of reach, scale and breadth of resources in concrete actions to alleviate suffering and improve health outcomes,” said Pierfrancesco Vago, MSC Cruises Executive Chairman and Chair of the MSC Foundation Executive Committee.

“This prompt initiative of the Miami-Dade County Mayor with Food For The Poor to coordinate humanitarian assistance and emergency aid for the people of Haiti shows how great challenges can be overcome by a combined response, working together with dynamism and passion like one big family.”

Watch a video on the Miami-Dade and MSC Foundation packing event last month:

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