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10,000 Pounds of Good Will

goya food donates 10,000 lbs of food to catholic charities of new york

By Jim Sliney Jr.

On Wednesday, August 7th, to honor the National Dominican Day Parade (taking place on August 11th), Goya Gives delivered 10,000 pounds of food to the Catholic Charities Community Services center at the Mosaic Beacon food pantry on Ogden Avenue in the Bronx.

Goya Foods is the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States. Bob Unanue is the President of Goya Foods and a Board Member of Catholic Charities of New York. He says, “For Goya, we have always believed that we have a social responsibility to support our communities and to give back to those less fortunate. It’s not just about providing a monetary donation but bringing people together to make a positive difference in the lives of others and to celebrate our heritage.”


At the pantry-donation event there was a DJ playing music, balloons and tents, banners and podiums, and giveaways from Catholic Charities. CCNY also dispensed water and bags of groceries to the folks, and food to the 200+ local families who attended. Members of the Goya board were present along with Rafael Toro, Goya’s director of public relations and Wilton Cedeno president of the Dominican Day Parade. Much to the joy of the younger crowd, Dominican NBA player, Felipe Lopez was also there, talking with the kids.

Eddie Silverio, director of the Alianza Youth División of Catholic Charities Community Services (CCCS) said, “The pantry was a great success. So festive! It was also great to see the young people flourishing at the event; something that will continue throughout the school year.” The young people Eddie is talking about were 50 of some of the 500+ youth that use the Alianza cultural center during the summer and in after-school programs during the school year. These young people were wearing Catholic Charity shirts and helping make the entire food pantry event a success.

catholic charities of new york volunteers distribute food in the bronx
Catholic Charities of New York volunteers distribute food in The Bronx
Credit: Alianza Dominica


Part of Catholic Charities of New York’s core mission is to feed the hungry. CCNY gives out more than 2.5 million pounds of food each year through their food pantries. In its history, CCNY has served over 6.5 million nutritious meals through parish and community food programs. They also partner with the Food Bank for New York City, food banks in the Hudson Valley, and the New York Coalition Against Hunger.

The generous donation from Goya Gives (the global initiative of Goya Foods) is going to CCNY’s Bronx-based food pantries. There, it will provide a total of 16,667 meals to hungry New Yorkers. “We are once again proud to partner with Goya and Catholic Charities to positively impact the community during our annual food distribution drive and to celebrate our culture and contributions at this year’s benefit gala and parade,” said Wilton Cedeño.

“We continue to be grateful for Goya’s commitment and that of the Dominican Parade Committee leadership, to highlight, celebrate and provide for one of the many communities our agency is proud to serve,” said Beatriz Diaz Taveras, Executive Director of Catholic Charities Community Services.

Being a New Yorker means celebrating the patchwork of heritages that make this place unique in the world. Catholic Charities supports all New Yorkers no matter their heritage, race, ethnicity, or religion. Goya’s annual food donation stands as a great example for helping your neighbors in need. If you contribute to a food pantry, or you want to thank Goya, you can share using #GoyaGives on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.