Jersey City, New Jersey-based Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic owned food company, has made an initial donation of more than 200,000 pounds of food, equivalent to over 170,000 meals, to organizations, food banks, food pantries and soup kitchens, as well as over 20,000 protective masks across the nation. The company says it will continue to donate to those facing hardships during the Covid-19 pandemic.
“We are faced with an unprecedented national crisis, and Goya has always stepped up to the plate in times of desperate need,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. “As an essential business, our Goya teams are working 24/7 to meet the overwhelming demand for food and ensure that supermarket shelves nationwide are stocked with nourishing products, while also providing food to communities who are food insecure or not able to get to supermarkets,”
Donations were made directly to Catholic Charities of New York and Newark, Food Education Fund, The Sisters of Life, The NY Common Pantry in partnership with New York City FC, City Harvest in New York City, The Community FoodBank of New Jersey, Secaucus Food Pantry, families of Cristo Rey High School, Jersey City Medical Center, The City of Jersey City for the Homeless, Holy Name Hospital and Kingsborough Community College.
Also donations were made to Caring for Friends in Philadelphia; Feeding South Florida; The Houston Food Bank, Latino Learning Centers Inc., Tejano Center for Community Concerns, Texas Feeding Alliance and Catholic Charities of San Antonio in Texas; The Salvation Army Little Village, Catholic Charities Casa Latina and Children’s Hunger Fund in Chicago.
“We are so grateful for Goya Foods who enable us to serve those most in need, no matter the circumstances,” said Antonio Fernandez, president and CEO Catholic Charities of San Antonio. “We have never seen a crisis like this and we are truly grateful for Goya’s leadership and quick response to provide nourishing food to families, children and our elderly communities.”