Goya Foods Partners with United Way in Distributing 75,000 Pounds of Food in Central Florida

One of Heart of Florida United Way’s (HFUW) main areas of focus is alleviating hunger and homelessness, both of which are growing exponentially in our community. 

That’s why HFUW was happy to team with Goya Foods in distributing 75,000 pounds of food, which the company recently donated to eight local food pantries. It was among one million pounds of food that Goya has donated across the U.S. and Puerto Rico in celebration of its 75th anniversary.

According to Robert H. (Bob) Brown, President/CEO of HFUW, Orlando ranks tenth worst in the nation in regards to ‘food hardship.’

“Nearly 25 percent of people living in Metro Orlando have had trouble affording enough food to feed their family in the last year,” Brown said. “In addition, nearly one-in-six Central Floridians now relies on food stamps to subsist – a rate that’s ballooned by nearly 185 percent since the start of the recession.”

Food, he noted, also consistently ranks among the top three requests for help through United Way 2-1-1, which last year received more than 171,400 calls from people in desperate need.

Local organizations receiving the food included Catholic Charities, Christian Help, Christian Service Center, Holy Family Catholic Church, Hope Foundation, Jewish Family Services, the Osceola Council on Aging  and The Salvation Army — all of which are dealing with unprecedented demand for food.

Like United Way, Goya has a long history of helping people in need. Last year alone, the company donated more than 1.5 million pounds internationally. And just recently, it announced that it has donated more than 100,000 bottles of coconut water to aid the victims of the earthquake and tsunami in Japan.

If you’d like to help fight hunger in Central Florida, you can click here to make an immediate donation to United Way. You can also participate in the Goya Gives Campaign, which among other things is encouraging people to share low-cost, nutritious recipes, including pictures and stories about how they may have shared a meal with a friend in need.

Oscar Lindquist
Full Sail Intern
United Way Marketing & Communications


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