Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic owned food company in the United States, headquartered in New Jersey, will give 125,000 pounds of Goya products and $10,000 to Catholic Charities of the Archdiocese of Newark, one of New Jersey’s oldest and largest social service agencies that helps nearly 70,000 individuals and families each year.
Goya will provide the first installment of 15,000 pounds of food for the holiday season, followed by 10,000 pounds each month throughout the year. “As an institution in the community, we strive to be a company of compassion and to do our part in helping others who need it the most, especially during the holiday season,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods. “We will always support the work of organizations like Catholic Charities, who are directly helping to improve the overall wellness of our communities.” The donation of $10,000 will go to the Hope House Homeless Shelter, located at 246 2nd Street, in Jersey City, New Jersey and St. Rocco’s Emergency Family Shelter, located at 368 South 7th Street, Newark, New Jersey.
“Catholic Charities is very grateful for Goya’s generous donation. The much needed food will be given to the many people who come through our food program during the Christmas season. The $10,000 donation will be used to purchase presents for the families that live in our family shelters,” said John Westervelt, Chief Operating Officer of Catholic Charities. The shelters provide housing, meals and supportive services such as counseling, educational workshops, job assistance, housing placement and resources to homeless families including 36 single mothers and 58 children.
Natural Grocers will open a new store in South Jordan, Utah next spring, bringing 18 jobs to the community. Natural Grocers employs more than 3,000 people and operates 130 stores in 19 states. The new South Jordan store is located at 10622 S Redwood Rd and is approximately 15,000 square feet in size.
Natural Grocers will be hiring store leadership, department managers, cashiers and a Nutritional Health Coach. Candidates must be at least 18 years of age. Applicants can apply for consideration at https://www.naturalgrocers.com/about/careers/.
Throughout this season of giving, Schuman Cheese and its employees across the country demonstrated acts of caring and sharing in numerous ways. The annual holiday giving activities are one way Schuman Cheese and its employees put the company’s core values, including a commitment to community, into tangible practice.
For the past several months the team in Elgin, Illinois, has been participating in a unique program that combines weight loss motivation with charitable giving, affectionately known as the Spare Tire Reduction Program. In addition to donating approximately 350 pounds of non-perishable food to a local food bank, employees lost more than 60 pounds during the course of the program. The company matched the food donation, and employees were so encouraged by the results that they are launching a new session after the holidays.
Employees at the company’s headquarters location in Fairfield, New Jersey, and the nearby office in Woodbridge collected more than $1,000 worth of toys for the annual Toys for Tots donation.
Lake Country Dairy, located in Turtle Lake, Wisconsin, and its employees contributed nearly $1,400 to the community through donations to local school and civic groups, as well as a 50/50 raffle to support two local families in need.
Holiday giving is just one way of Schuman Cheese gives back to the communities it calls home. In addition to various local school and civic causes, Schuman Cheese and its employees also proudly support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital through its employee giving program and other initiatives; community food banks through food drives, monetary donations and employee volunteer events; the Susan G. Komen North Jersey chapter and the Junior Achievement student mentoring program.