Goya Foods, the Hispanic foods company that became famous and known as a company headed by conservatives when its CEO supported President Donald Trump, just announced a massive aid package for the people East Palestine, Ohio. To help the town recover from the disastrous chemical spill, Goya sent truckloads of ready-to-serve meals and drinks.
Goya announced that charity on Twitter, saying: “In response to the recent #Ohio train derailment, we are sending ready-to-serve Goya food/beverages to the people of #EastPalestine & surrounding areas. The impact of this disaster is devastating for both the #community & #environment. It is not a forgotten community 2 #GoyaGives.”
In response to the recent #Ohio train derailment, we are sending ready-to-serve Goya food/beverages to the people of #EastPalestine & surrounding areas. The impact of this disaster is devastating for both the #community & #environment. It is not a forgotten community 2 #GoyaGives pic.twitter.com/U5x5doeMNu
— Goya Foods (@GoyaFoods) February 21, 2023
Bob Unanue, President and CEO of Goya Foods, announced the decision in a press statement. Speaking on the aid package, he said “The impact of this disaster is devastating on both the community and the environment. East Palestine has been treated like a forgotten town, and while this may be a small community, it is not a forgotten community by Goya. We are always present during moments of tragedy for all people in need.”
Goya Foods also announced the details of the aid and the logistics of delivering it to East Palestine, saying:
Goya Foods, through its Goya Gives global initiative, is sending ready-to-serve Goya food and beverages to the people of East Palestine and surrounding areas in response to the Ohio train derailment.
[…]Goya products will be received and distributed with the help of Chaney Nezbeth, Executive Director of Way Station, a community resource for families and individuals in need.
“Being able to offer the residents of East Palestine food and beverages options that don’t require their tap water for preparation is something no one else had even thought of. The variety of items that Goya is providing is incredible and absolutely needed right now,” said Chaney Nezbeth, Executive Director of Way Station.
Through Goya Gives, Goya is always at the forefront of natural disasters and humanitarian relief efforts, donating millions of pounds of food each year in the United States and worldwide. Most recently, Goya donated food to the people of Turkey and Syria.
Goya isn’t the only conservative organization to help out East Palestine with food and beverages. Former President Donald Trump did as well, delivering water to the town and buying residents and first responders meals at McDonald’s.
Tens of thousands of pounds of goods, food, water being delivered to the people of East Palestine, Ohio right now before Trump’s visit.
Trump paid for all of it.
Number of goods delivered from the Biden Administration: 0. pic.twitter.com/QQADqZl9Uy
— Benny Johnson (@bennyjohnson) February 22, 2023
The New York Post, commenting on the circumstances surrounding Goya’s provision of aid to East Palestine, noted that the food company’s help came after FEMA refused to help for weeks. In that outlet’s words:
The multi-billion-dollar company’s announcement comes just two days after the federal government finally sent Federal Emergency Management Agency officials to the site of the toxic train derailment despite originally claiming the tragedy didn’t qualify for assistance.
Residents of East Palestine and the surrounding area had been pleading for federal help since the Feb. 3 tragedy that released a chemical plume, contaminated local streams and forced an evacuation of roughly 5,000 panicked residents.
“Mayor Pete” showed up after Trump’s visit and poked around town while looking utterly clueless, providing no real help or aid to the town, unlike Trump and Goya.
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