Goya Foods is donating 5,000 pounds of food to Alimentar Nuestro Projimo, the National Puerto Rican Day Parade's food drive, the company announced Wednesday. The donation will benefit Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York's Feeding Our Neighbors campaign.
"We are grateful to have the opportunity to support the good work of organizations like the National Puerto Rican Day Parade and Catholic Charities, who make a positive impact on so many lives," said Rafael Toro, Goya director of public relations.
The company has donated more than 4 million pounds of food around the world since beginning the Goya Gives campaign, he added.
The St. Cecilia's food pantry at the East Harlem Center and the emergency food program of the Little Sisters of the Assumption Family Health Service will each get 2,500 pounds of food.
The donation "will provide an additional 4,000 meals to families in East Harlem," Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, executive director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York, said.
Parade organizers were pleased.
"'A donde come uno, pueden comer dos' is a common phrase used in all Puerto Rican households, meaning that 'through sharing, you can feed a crowd,'" said Lorraine Cortes-Vazquez, the parade's president.
The parade's motto, 'Un pueblo, muchas voces' (One Nation, Many Voices), "embodies the intent and goal of this food drive ... one community united to support others," she said.
Goya is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the U.S.
Pictured: Rafael Toro, Director of Goya Foods; Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities; NYC Council Speaker Melissa Mark-Viverito; and Louis Maldonado, Executive Board Member of the National Puerto Rican Day Parade.
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