Goya’s ‘Can Do’ campaign delivers large donation to Foodlink

A Goya Foods truck pulls into Foodlink’s distribution center on Monday, March 19, 2018.

A truckload of products from Goya Foods arrived at Foodlink’s distribution center on Monday, a large donation earmarked as part of the company’s “Can Do” campaign in partnership with Feeding America. 

The donation totaled 34,580 pounds, which is the equivalent to nearly 29,000 meals. It was made in the name of Goya retailer, Tops Friendly Markets, as part of the first installment of the 1.5 million pounds of food (1.25 million meals) raised over the course of six months that will go to Feeding America and distributed to local food banks across the country.

“We’re incredibly grateful to receive this donation from Goya,” said Foodlink Executive Director Julia Tedesco. “Through our network of dedicated partner agencies, Foodlink will ensure this food ends up on the tables of thousands of food-insecure individuals and families throughout our region who rely on the emergency food system.”

Representatives from Foodlink, Tops Friendly Markets and Goya Foods pose for a photo after the delivery was made.

More than 20 types of Goya products arrived, including numerous types of rice and beans, tomato sauce, peas and vienna sausage. Foodlink is always looking to diversify the products it offers to its member agencies that serve the need in their communities. An array of ethnically diverse foods was a welcomed sight for our staff.  

Goya’s ‘Can Do’ campaign is a yearlong series of consumer product promotions that was launched in June 2017 and ends June 2018. Each month throughout the course of the year, Goya has featured a different product that consumers can purchase to participate in the overall donation. For every GOYA® product purchased during the designated month, Goya will donate additional products to Feeding America.

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company.

A few of the pallets of donated Goya products that were delivered to Foodlink on March 19.

Foodlink, fellow food bankers make advocacy trip to Albany

Food bankers from across the state assembled in Albany on March 13 to speak with legislators about their priorities for the upcoming budget.

Two representatives from Foodlink made the trip to Albany on March 13 to join fellow food bankers and other community partners to discuss legislation and anti-hunger priorities for the next state budget.

Foodlink’s Mark Dwyer and Meg Demment met with the offices of: Assemblyman David DiPietro (147th District, which includes Wyoming County), Assemblyman Harry Bronson (138th District, which includes parts of Rochester and Monroe County), Senator Pamela Helming (54th District, which includes parts of Wayne, Monroe, Ontario and Seneca counties), and Senator Rich Funke (55th District, which includes parts of Monroe and Ontario counties).

Food bankers from the Southern Tier, Long Island, New York City, Central NY and Western NY joined Foodlink for the trip, which was organized by our Food Bank Association of New York State. Our main priorities included: 

  • Support of the Food Rescue and Recycling Act, which would require large food waste generators (2,000+ lbs per week) to donate edible food, and compost and send inedible food to an anaerobic digestor. 
  • Support for the governor’s No Student Goes Hungry proposal, which includes a ban on lunch-shaming, expansion of the Farm-to-School program, establishing Breakfast After the Bell policy at high-need schools, increasing the school meal reimbursement rate for districts who emphasize local ingredients, and the establishment of food pantries at SUNY and CUNY campuses. 
  • Request the reinstatement of COLA (Cost of Living Allowance) funding for the Hunger Prevention and Nutrition Assistance Program.

From left, Richard Schrader from the Natural Resources Defense Council, Mark Dwyer from Foodlink, Sen. Pamela Helming (54th District), and Meg Demment from Foodlink.

Snow storm impacts Foodlink programs and services

A few weather-related announcements, regarding the winter storm that’s hit our region on March 2:
(Updated at 7:40 a.m.)
– All of our food bank’s scheduled routes have been canceled (We had deliveries scheduled for Seneca and Wayne counties). We are working to reschedule them for next week.
– All Shop Thru agency appointments are canceled.
– The Curbside Market and Mobile Pantry stops scheduled for today are canceled.
– Volunteer shifts are canceled. 
– We’ve been told that today’s 2018 Forks and Skis event at Bristol Mountain, scheduled for Noon to 6 p.m. is still on. We’re encouraging people to stay safe and take their time getting there.
– Our kitchen is delivering to meal sites that remain open.
– Foodlink’s offices will remain open, should you need to get in touch with someone on our staff. We will be closing early at 3 p.m.
Thank you for your understanding, and please stay tuned for future announcements. 
Stay safe.