Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, is distributing 400,000 pounds of food to families impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic throughout New York and New Jersey.
This donation is part of Goya’s national campaign Working for Our Country #GoyaGives that includes a donation of two million pounds of food to communities throughout the U.S. and Puerto Rico, a commitment made by Goya at the start of the pandemic in tribute to the dedication and hard work of 4,000 Goya employees.
“Today’s donation, one of many, brings people together to help others who are in critical need during a time of uncertainty and hardship. We are so grateful to work with community leaders, food banks and organizations who also care about helping to make a difference and provide families with healthy food,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods.
The food will be distributed through local food banks, churches, community centers, soup kitchens and outreach programs that are in urgent need.
“Food donations, like today’s generous contribution from Goya, are needed now more than ever, as New Jersey is projected to see a shocking 56 percent increase in food insecurity due to the pandemic,” said Carlos Rodriguez, president and CEO of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey. “CFBNJ is grateful to all of its partners from every sector of society, whose support has enabled us to meet the unprecedented need as we work to prevail in the fight against hunger and build a healthier future for all.”
Through Goya Gives, a global program committed to promoting the overall well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives and company values, Goya supports each year nearly 300 charitable endeavors, scholarships and events. In times of desperate need, Goya has always been at the forefront of disaster and humanitarian relief efforts, providing millions of pounds of food worldwide.
At the start of the pandemic, the company donated an additional 500,000 pounds of food and 20,000 protective masks to health care providers. During Hurricane Maria Goya donated more than 1 million pounds of food to the people of Puerto Rico, in addition to the starving people of Venezuela during governmental unrest, to the people of Haiti during the earthquake and at home during Superstorm Sandy and Hurricanes Isaac, Harvey and Irene.
Founded in 1936, Goya Foods manufactures, packages and distributes over 2,500 food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world.