BOSTON, July 25, 2019 — Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donated 2,500 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of Boston in celebration of the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts on Wednesday, July 24, 2019, at 11:00 a.m. at Catholic Charities of Boston, located at 185 Columbia Street in Dorchester, Massachusetts.
“For Goya, we always strive to do our part to support our communities and encourage others to do the same. We couldn’t think of a better way to celebrate this year’s festival, who work hard to bring the rich culture of Puerto Rico to Massachusetts, than by providing healthy food to people who need it the most,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods.
Catholic Charities distributes more than 2.5 million pounds of food each year through their network of food pantries. The donation will go directly to Catholic Charities’ food pantries in the South End of Boston, Somerville and Dorchester, and serve close to 4,200 people each week. “We are deeply grateful for our ongoing partnership with Goya and couldn’t meet the needs of those we serve without committed partners like Goya. In a region where the gap continues to grow between the living wage and the wages many residents actually earn, hunger remains a persistent threat to the wellbeing of many Bostonians,” said Deborah K. Rambo, President of Catholic Charities.
The donation is part of Goya Gives, a global initiative committed to supporting local communities through social and environmental causes. Goya has donated millions of pounds of food to organizations worldwide and continues to support over 300 organizations, events and cultural institutions. “It is an honor to kick off our Puerto Rican Festival weekend by partnering up with Goya and their Goya Gives initiative in the continuous effort of giving back to our communities,” said Edwin Alicea, President of the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts.
Goya’s annual food donations also serve to encourage consumers to participate in the message and act of helping those in need. Consumers can share the #GoyaGives message with friends and family through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter @goyafoods