Goya donates 18K+ meals to NYC students due to financial impact of COVID-19

By Emily Bader
New Jersey | Mar 16, 2020 at 12:52 pm

Goya Foods, a Jersey City-based Hispanic-owned food company, said in anticipation of the financial impact caused by the coronavirus epidemic, it will be donating 18,225 meals through its Goya Gives program to six New York City high schools.

“We understand that this is going to be a tough few weeks for many and we wanted to help support families and students during this time, who often only eat a healthy meal while attending school,” Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods, said.  “We’re prepared to do our part and help in any way we can.”

The schools are: Food and Finance High School, High School of Hospitality Management, Facing History High School, Urban Assembly School of Design and Construction, Manhattan Bridges High School, and P.S. 138 District 75 School.

Every student at each school will receive a container filled with a 5-pound bag of Goya rice, a 1-pound bag of Goya black beans, a 1-pound bag of Goya pink beans, and two 16.9-ounce tetra of Goya coconut water.

“Goya is providing comfort and sustenance in a time of great uncertainty for our students and their families. Goya’s generosity reminds us that in a time of crisis, we all have a role to play to address the needs of at-risk families,” Nan Shipley, board chair of the Food Education Fund, said.

Goya said executives from the company donated the first round to students at the Food and Finance High School on Friday. The remainder of the donation will be distributed over the next week.

Emily Bader | ebader@roi-nj.com | @emilybader