Tapping into an unprecedented outpouring of support, Catholic Charities teamed up with Goya Foods and Catholic Charities organizations from across the nation to feed and care for hungry and homeless families and immigrant children in need.
Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, yesterday donated 300,000 pounds of food to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York’s Feeding Our Neighbors campaign, to support a vast network of food pantries and emergency food programs throughout the archdiocese.
Catholic Charities also distributed donations of food and handmade blankets donated from the Archdiocese of Milwaukee and stuffed animals donated by Catholic Charities Chicago to unaccompanied minor children who fled violence and abuse and recently arrived in New York.
“I am proud of Feeding Our Neighbors as a truly united effort by Catholic Charities to fight hunger in New York and help those in need who are struggling to put food on their tables,” said Cardinal Timothy Dolan, Archbishop of New York. “We are very grateful for the ongoing support from our parishes and schools in addition to the new partnership with Goya this year.”
Begun in 2012, 100 percent of contributions to the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign have helped support food pantries in New York that serve non-Catholics and Catholics alike after the holiday season has left them bare.
Goya’s immense donation, 300,000 pounds of food all told, is enabling the Feeding Our Neighbors campaign to extend its reach beyond the New York area to support other Catholic Charities agencies in communities that are providing services to unaccompanied minors arriving from Central America.
In fact, 100,000 pounds of the donation will be delivered by Goya throughout the United States in the weeks ahead to include the following Catholic Charities agencies:
- Ft. Worth, TX
- Galveston-Houston, TX
- Dallas, TX
- San Antonio, TX
- Washington, DC
- Southern Arizona
- Brooklyn and Queens, NY
- Rockville Centre, NY
Food will also be distributed to the regions of Central Florida and Southern California by agencies of the National Latino Evangelical Coalition.
Monsignor Kevin Sullivan, Executive Director of Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of New York said he is especially pleased with the expansion of the program to include the needs of unaccompanied children throughout the country.
“The goal of Feeding Our Neighbors is to inspire New Yorkers to answer the basic call to help feed our hungry neighbors. Through the support of Goya and our network of Catholic Charities programs in communities across the nation, we will make a significant impact on children across the United States who are hoping to reunify with their families and loved ones. In addition, we will extend even further to meet the needs of these children through collaboration with the National Latino Evangelical Coalition in distributing this donation of food.”
Join us in Feeding Our Neighbors, our Archdiocesan-wide drive to replenish food pantries supporting non-Catholics and Catholics alike.