Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donated 10,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of Boston in recognition of the 50th anniversary of the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts. The donation took place on Thursday, July 27, 2017, at 11:00 a.m. at Holy Cross Cathedral, located at 1400 Washington Street.
“We’re honored to be able to donate much-needed food to Catholic Charities in recognition of the festival’s 50th anniversary and their efforts in bringing the rich culture of Puerto Rico to the community,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. “We always strive to do our part in helping others who need it the most and encourage others to do the same.”
The food will go directly to Catholic Charities’ food pantries in the South End of Boston, Somerville and Dorchester, Massachusetts, serving close to 600 people daily, Monday through Friday. “We are so grateful to Goya for their support. This donation could not have come at a better time as the demand at our food pantries is at its highest during the summer. Goya is making it possible for our staff and volunteers to help provide important safety net services for families in our community,” said Deborah Kincade Rambo, President of Catholic Charities of Boston.
The donation is part of the Goya Gives campaign, a national initiative committed to supporting local communities through social causes. Goya has donated millions of pounds of food to organizations worldwide and continues to support over 250 organizations, events and cultural institutions. “On behalf of the Puerto Rican Festival of Massachusetts and in honor of our 50th anniversary, we are so grateful to Goya Foods and Catholic Charities in supporting our organization’s mission to give back to the community and to be able to help families throughout Boston,” said Edwin Alicea, President of the Puerto Rican Festival.”
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 and @CharitiesBoston.