Food Fella: Goya Gives once again helps out in time of crisis (SLIDESHOW)

As we face these unprecedented times of uncertainty and despair, both in health and economy, the Unanue family of Goya Foods has stepped up and donated to the community again in time of need!

Jersey City-based Goya Foods, America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, has a longstanding history of donating millions of pounds of food in times of disaster and desperate need through the company’s global program Goya Gives. In anticipation of the financial impact caused by the coronavirus epidemic, Goya donated an incredible 18,225 meals to students of six New York City high schools, including 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.

As city schools begin to take precautions, New York families are already starting to feel the burden at home.

“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,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya Foods. “We’re prepared to do our part and help in any way we can.”

Each student at all six high schools will receive a bag 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,” said Nan Shipley, board chair of the Food Education Fund.

Goya executives gave the first round of donations to all students at the Food and Finance High School on Friday, March 13. The remainder of the food donation is being distributed Thursday for students to pick up at the school.

We applaud the efforts of the whole Goya family, who, not only at this vulnerable time in our country, but time and time again, have always put the needs of the communities they serve as a priority. For more information about Goya Gives, please visit