Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, donated 50,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington to support their food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.  The donation is part of a 150,000-pound donation equally distributed to food pantries and emergency food programs through Catholic Charities in New YorkPhiladelphia and Washington, D.C. in honor of His Holiness Pope Francis’ visit to the United States.

“Supporting our communities and those who need help the most has always been a part of who we are and what we do at Goya Foods,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations.  “We believe in the work of Catholic Charities and know that our food donations go a long way in providing a warm meal to those who are hungry during the holiday season and throughout the year.  For us, it’s not just about giving a donation, but it’s about making a difference and inspiring others to do the same.”

“Catholic Charities served more than 123,000 men, women and children last year right here in the Washington, DC region,” said Msgr. John Enzler, President and CEO of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Washington. “While we help people with many different needs in their lives, it almost always involves helping families put food on the table. I am so thankful to Goya for choosing to Walk with Francis and partner with Catholic Charities.”

The donation will help stock the shelves in several locations run by Catholic Charities, including the food pantry at the McCarrick Family Center in Montgomery County, the Southern Maryland Food Bank in Waldorf, MD, and several food pantries run in partnership with local parishes.

The donation is part of the Goya Gives campaign, a series of annual donations that serves to encourage others to participate in the message and act of helping those in need.  In 2015, Goya will have donated over three million pounds of food to organizations worldwide.  The public can also share the #GoyaGives message with friends and family through Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.

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