Goya Foods makes 34,580-pound donation to Foodlink

ROCHESTER — Goya Foods donated 34,580 pounds of food to Foodlink last month as part of a national campaign to combat hunger.
 
The donation of beans, rice, sauce and other products will serve about 27,000 meals to families in the Rochester region, according to Mark Dwyer, a Foodlink spokesman. Reynaldo Casillas, a Goya territory manager, said the company started its Goya Gives “Can Do” campaign last summer and plans to donate 1.5 million pounds of food to Feeding America. The latter is a nationwide network of food banks working together to end hunger since 1979, according to feedingamerica.org.
 
Goya worked with Tops Markets, a local Goya retailer, to decide how much would be donated locally to Foodlink, Casillas said. The donation is not only a mix of products, but one that is ethnically diverse, noted Dwyer.
 
“It’s way above normal for us to be getting a donation of this size,” he said. “It’s definitely going to go a long way.”
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