Goya Foods sending aid to people of Ukraine, it announces

Jersey City-based Goya Foods Inc. announced that its Goya Europa arm will distribute hundreds of thousands of pounds of food to the people of Ukraine in response to the international call for aid after the Russian invasion.

Through Goya’s facilities and distributors throughout Europe, the company is able to provide humanitarian aid to Ukraine and Poland, where many refugees are fleeing, it said in a news release.

“Through our Goya Gives global initiative, Goya has always been at the forefront of disaster and humanitarian relief efforts,” CEO and President Bob Unanue said in a prepared statement. “However, this is a historic attack and genocide on innocent civilians and we cannot sit back and do nothing. We are blessed to have a presence nearby, and we are fortunate to be able to answer the call for help.

“We send our prayers and love to the people of Ukraine and all those who are on the ground putting their own lives at risk to help those in need.”

William Unanue, general manager of Goya Europa, added: “Goya Europa’s strategic location allows us to react with immediate assistance. We have already begun handling the logistics of sending the food through our distribution partners in Poland and Ukraine.”