Goya donates 400K pounds of food in N.J., N.Y.

    Goya Foods is continuing its donations to families affected by the COVID-19 pandemic, it said this week, distributing 400,000 pounds of food in New Jersey and New York.

    Goya, based in Jersey City, has committed to a national donation campaign, “Working for Our Country #GoyaGives,” which includes giving 2 million pounds of food to communities in the U.S. and Puerto Rico to help alleviate the effects of the pandemic.

    “Today’s donation, one of many, brings people together to help others who are in critical need during a time of uncertainty and hardship,” President Bob Unanue said in a prepared statement. “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.”

    The donations will be distributed through local food banks, churches and other organizations.

    “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% increase in food insecurity due to the pandemic,” Carlos Rodriguez, CEO and president of the Community FoodBank of New Jersey, said in a statement. “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.”

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