Goya Foods’ Christian owner, Robert Unanue, has responded to the train derailment crisis by providing a huge aid package for the people East Palestine, Ohio. The Hispanic-owned company, which was the target of a cancel campaign after Unanue announced support former Donald Trump, is shipping truckloads of ready-to-serve meals and drinks.
“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,” the company said in a Twitter statement.
Unanue, President and CEO, decried how the small town has been treated saying “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.”
The company is donating the food through Goya Gives program. Ready-to-serve Goya food and beverages are being distributed to the people of East Palestine and surrounding areas in response to the train derailment and nearly three weeks of inaction by the federal government.
“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.
Goya Gives regularly donates to areas dealing with natural disasters, most recently, providing ood to the people of Turkey and Syria after devastating earthquakes.
President Donald Trump did as well, delivering water to the townand buying residents and first responders meals at McDonald’s.
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 writing, “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.
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