Goya Foods Donates 300,000 Pounds of Food to Catholic Charities

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Donation to Benefit Catholic Charities’ Feeding Our Neighbors Campaign in New York and Address Needs of Unaccompanied Minors from Central America Throughout the United States

Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donates 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 delivered by Goya throughout the United States in the weeks ahead to include the following Catholic Charities agencies:

  •     Ft. Worth, TX
  •     Galveston-Houston, TX
  •     Dallas, TX
  •     San Antonio, TX
  •     Washington, DC
  •     Southern Arizona
  •     Brooklyn and Queens, NY
  •     Rockville Centre, NY

Food will also 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,” says Bob Unanue, President of 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 Sunday, January 25th to Sunday, February 1st 2015. During this week, donations can be made to local parishes and schools in the Archdiocese of New York.

Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York said, “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. We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our parishes and schools in addition to the new partnership with Goya this year.”

Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York is especially pleased with the expansion of the program to include the needs of unaccompanied children throughout the country. “The goal of Feeding Our Neighbors is to inspire New Yorkers to answer the basic call to help feed our hungry neighbors. 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 reunify with their families and loved ones. In addition, we will extend even further to meet the needs of these children through collaboration with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition in distributing this donation of food.”

For more information about Goya Foods, please visit http://www.goya.com. For more information about the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, please visit http://www.catholiccharitiesny.org/feedingourneighbors.    

About GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 2,200 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit http://www.goya.com

About Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York: Catholic Charities, a federation of approximately 90 agencies and programs located throughout the 10 counties of the Archdiocese of New York, helps solve the problems of New Yorkers in need – non-Catholics and Catholics alike– with services that protect and nurture children, resolve family crises, assist the hungry and homeless, support the physically and emotionally challenged, and integrate immigrants and refugees. Follow us on Twitter and Facebook. For more information on how to donate or volunteer, please visit our website at catholiccharitiesny.org.

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