Beaumont, Texas (September 1, 2020) – Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in The United States, donates food to The Salvation Army for survivors of Hurricane Laura in Texas and Louisiana.
Goya’s donation of shelf-stable products including beans, coconut water, and other products will be included in meal kits that will be distributed directly to thousands of families by The Salvation Army. “We are honored to work with The Salvation Army and commend their quick efforts in providing families with essential food. We know time is of essence during situations like these and our Goya team is working 24/7 to pack and deliver disaster relief products,” said Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “We are and will always be available during times of crisis to aid our fellow Americans.”
This donation is part of Goya Gives, a global program committed to promoting the overall well-being of communities through social responsibility, environmental initiatives, and company values. In response to the pandemic, the company has been distributing an on-going donation of millions of pounds of food to food banks across the nation, Puerto Rico and South America as well as 20,000 protective masks to health care providers. During Hurricane Maria Goya donated over one million pounds of food to the people of Puerto Rico, in addition to the starving people of Venezuela during governmental unrest, to the people of Haiti during the earthquake, and at home during Superstorm Sandy, and Hurricanes Isaac, Harvey, and Irene. Since 1936, giving back is the heart of Goya and has always been a part of the company’s DNA. To learn more about Goya Gives, please visit: www.goya.com
“This donation will be of tremendous help to our disaster relief operations in both Louisiana and Texas,” said Alvin Migues, Incident Commander for Hurricane Laura relief operations in Beaumont. “The Salvation Army has more than thirty active mobile feeding units in the two states and has already served more than 50,000 meals. This donation from Goya will help us continue our feeding efforts to disaster survivors. Donations like these have a tremendous impact on our ability to serve. Without the generosity and support of donors like Goya, The Salvation Army simply could not afford to stay on the front lines of relief efforts.”
On Monday, seven mobile feeding units from Texas served meals in Lake Charles, LA, while an additional seven supported communities in Southeast Texas. Since Friday, The Salvation Army has served 47,941 meals, 38,121 drinks, 18,616 snacks in affected communities. Trained staff and Emotional and Spiritual Care volunteers have prayed with 435 storm survivors.