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Goya Foods Honors Papal Visit with Food Donation to Needy Families

- Company Pledges 125,000 Pounds of Food to Feed Poor in U.S. & Abroad
- Sponsors Commemorative Banners to Mark Papal Visit to New York, April 18-20, 2008

Secaucus, NJ, April 18, 2008 – Goya Foods, the family-owned Latin American food company, proudly announced that it has pledged 125,000 pounds of food for families and children on the occasion of the first visit by His Holiness, Pope Benedict XVI to the United States. The food donation will allocate 85,000 pounds of food to the nation of Haiti which recently experienced riots brought on by food shortages and economic hardship. The products directed to Haiti will be donated through Catholic Relief Services (CRS) and will originate from Goya facilities in New Jersey, Miami and the Dominican Republic which neighbors the country on the island of Hispaniola. “This very generous donation will allow CRS to supplement our food distributions to some of the most vulnerable populations in Haiti,” said Bill Canny, CRS country representative in Haiti.  “We thank Goya for their assistance and look forward to our continued relationship as we help those who have been adversely affected by the current spike in food prices.” 
An additional 40,000 pounds of food will be donated domestically to regional food banks in Richmond, Virginia, courtesy of the Goya facilities in Prince George County. “Goya Foods is privileged to welcome His Holiness and can think of no better way to honor the legacy of the  Holy Father than by helping those less fortunate” stated Robert Unanue, Goya Foods President. “The donation we are making to Haiti represents our commitment to the Haitian people, not only in Haiti, but in Miami, New York and the rest of the United States.”
Goya Foods has long history of giving aid to Hispanic and Caribbean communities such as Haiti as well as participating in global efforts during times of natural disasters and times of need. Most recently, Goya has provided food relief to flood victims in the Dominican Republic and Mexico in addition to earthquake victims in Peru. As part of its salute to the Papal visit a Goya spokesman indicated that the company is also sponsoring 50 commemorative banners to be displayed throughout Manhattan and the Bronx during the month of April. The banners will be prominently placed in the area of St. Patrick’s Cathedral, on Third Avenue from 90th to 96th Streets and in the areas surrounding Yankee Stadium in the Bronx, site of the highly anticipated Papal Mass on April 20th. 
 The papal visit to New York, which will include an address to the United Nations, a prayer at Ground Zero and masses held at St. Patrick’s Cathedral and Yankee Stadium is viewed with special reverence by many Americans. “Goya Foods has a well established tradition of helping people in need,” said Peter Unanue, Executive Vice President, Goya Foods.  “Our welcoming of Pope Benedict through this donation and the sponsorship of commemorative banners reflects the importance of His Holiness to the United States and our support of his message of charity to the world-at-large” concluded Unanue.

ABOUT GOYA: Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures packages and distributes over 1,500 high-quality food products from the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world; their combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation make them ideal for every taste and every table. For more information on Goya Foods, please visit