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Goya Foods Donates 300K Pounds Of Food To Catholic Charities

Goya Foods President and Cardinal Dolan
Goya Foods President Bob Unanue, Cardinal Timothy Dolan and Catholic Charities of New York help pack 300,000 pounds of Goya products into bags to give to the hungry and unaccompanied children throughout New York City and the U.S.

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S., has donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York’s Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.

This year, with the help of Goya, Feeding Our Neighbors extends its reach beyond the New York area to support other Catholic Charities agencies in communities that are providing services to unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America. In total, 100,000 pounds of the donation will be distributed to agencies of Catholic Charities located throughout New York, Texas, Washington D.C., and Arizona. Food also will be distributed to the regions of Central Florida and Southern California by agencies of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.

“We have been blessed to be able to help those who need it the most and to support organizations like Catholic Charities that have a tremendous impact on so many lives,” said Bob Unanue, president of New Jersey-based Goya Foods. “We thought it was important to not only provide food to help feed thousands of New Yorkers in need during the holiday season, but to also send food to the unaccompanied children throughout the country.”

Since January 2012, 100 percent of contributions to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign have helped support food pantries in New York that serve non-Catholics and Catholics alike after the holiday season has left them bare. This year, the campaign runs from Jan. 25-Feb. 1, 2015. During that week, donations can be made to local parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of New York.

“I am proud of Feeding Our Neighbors as a truly united effort by Catholic Charities to fight hunger in New York and help those in need who are struggling to put food on their tables,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. “We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our parishes and schools in addition to the new partnership with Goya this year.”

The goal of the Goya Gives and Feeding Our Neighbors campaign is to inspire New Yorkers to answer the basic call to help feed hungry neighbors, while also expanding efforts to include the needs of the unaccompanied children throughout the country.

“Through the support of Goya and our network of Catholic Charities programs in communities across the nation, we will make a significant impact on children across the United States who are hoping to reunite with their families,” said Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York. “We will also extend our efforts to meet the needs of these children through collaboration with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition in distributing this donation of food.”

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