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Goya Foods Celebrates Christmas by Giving

- Sponsors Hispanic Federation Toy Drive
- Partners with NY Mets Donating 5,000 Pounds of Food to City Harvest

December 23, 2009- Secaucus, NJ – Goya Foods marked the Christmas season by participating with numerous charitable endeavors throughout the Tri-State area. In keeping with its decades-long commitment of supporting local communities, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, in collaboration with New York Mets, donated 5,000 pounds of products to City Harvest, an organization that distributes food to pantries throughout New York City. In addition to the food drive 3,000 toys were distributed to children in New York and New Jersey through Goya’s partnership with the Hispanic Federation, a Manhattan-based service oriented membership organization.

Goya Foods also sponsored the annual Posadas y Pastorelas, a singing holiday procession, and performance organized by Mano a Mano, an institution dedicated to promoting Mexican culture and traditions among immigrants, artists, educators and the general public. Also, Goya Foods served as title sponsor for the Virgen de la Guadalupe international run organized by Asociación Tepeyac, a network of 40 community based organizations, whose mission is to promote the social welfare and human rights of Latino immigrants. The marathon began its journey at the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City in early October and ended at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in New York on December 12th.

Working closely with the Salvadoran Consulate, and keeping true to its history of responding when countries are affected by natural disasters, Goya Foods donated two truckloads of food to the over 15,000 victims of Hurricane Ida in El Salvador. 

“Goya Foods has traditionally participated in activities that give back to our local communities. During this Christmas season, we celebrate family and tradition, and what better time is there to reach out to those less fortunate,” stated Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations at Goya Foods.

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 1,600 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


Photo Caption: Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations, Goya Foods and New York Met Angel Pagán join City Harvest to distribute food to Hour Children in Long Island City.