Goya Foods, one of the largest Hispanic-owned food companies in the U.S., has donated more than 300,000 pounds of Goya products and more than 25,000 meals to victims of Hurricane Sandy in New York and New Jersey.
"It has been a devastating time for so many people affected by Hurricane Sandy," said Goya Foods President Bob Unanue. "We wanted to help out our fellow neighbors in New York and New Jersey by providing families and children with hot meals and food that will hopefully add some comfort during the cleanup process. We are diligently working to organize soup kitchens and food donations over the next few days and week, and we thank all those who have helped to make this possible. Our thoughts and prayers go out to all those affected by Hurricane Sandy."
Goya loaded two 40-foot trucks with products that will end up at soup kitchens and donation drop-off centers. The company has collaborated with Harvest in New York, The Community Food Bank and the United Way of Hudson County in New Jersey, as well as local elected officials.
Soup kitchens will serve hot meals for both lunch and dinner. Product donations include rice, beans, canned meat, water, coconut water, malta soft drinks and nectars.
This is not the first time Goya has donated to victims of natural disasters. The company also provided aid after hurricanes Katrina and Isaac hit. It also has sent food to Mexico, Haiti, Chile, Peru and El Salvador, among other countries.
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