June 30, 2020 By Michael Dorgan
America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company has donated almost a ton of packaged and canned food to a school in Corona.
Goya Foods partnered with the Queens Borough President’s office to deliver the items to I.S. 61, located at 98-50 50th Ave., on Tuesday.
The contribution aims to help local families in need that are suffering economic hardship due to the pandemic. Corona has been one of the city’s hardest-hit communities with 443 deaths and 4,757 positive cases, according to the latest data for the 11368 zipcode
Food insecurity, a persistent problem in the area, was exacerbated by COVID-19 and the subsequent economic crisis, according to Acting Queens Borough President Sharon Lee.
Lee said that the donation by Goya Foods was critical, as the borough tries to tackle the issue.
“Goya Foods has been a tremendous partner in helping to stem the tide here in Queens,” Lee said in a statement.
Red pimientos, lentils, and black beans made up some of the delivery which weighed a total of 1,829 pounds. Other foods donated were chickpeas and vegetable barley soup.
The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey helped transport the food from a Goya storage facility in New Jersey to Queens.
Lee said that the donation augmented an effort undertaken by teachers at I.S. 61 over the past few months.
Teachers at the school purchased groceries and delivered them directly to the homes of students and their families, Lee said.
“They have gone extra miles with love to support their kids and families in communities hardest hit by this devastating public health and economic crisis,” she said.