The Village, Goya and ESPN Team Up To Distribute 5,000 Pounds of Food to Families Facing Food Insecurity

The Village for Families & Children distributed more than 5,000 pounds of food donated by Goya Foods to aid hundreds of Hartford families facing food insecurity and stress from inflation.

Free Goya meal kits assembled by volunteers from ESPN will help families served by The Village who are bearing the brunt of rising costs brought on by inflation—especially during the holiday season.

“Right now, many families are facing the dilemma of providing their basic needs—like food or rent—or purchasing gifts for their children for the holidays,” said Village President and CEO Galo Rodriguez. “While this effort helps alleviate immediate needs, The Village also helps provide support for families that reaches far beyond the holiday season, through mental health services, financial wellness programs, school-based resource centers and more.”

The Village serves more than 20,000 people—including 9,000 Latino families—through dozens of programs each year.

Families also selected new children’s books from thousands that were donated to The Village through a book drive at Glastonbury Barnes & Noble.

The Village runs a Holiday Giving Tree program that provides families in need with gift cards, so they can put food on the table and select gifts for their children during the holidays. To learn more or to donate online, visit

View coverage of the event by WFSB.

View more photos in the Hartford Courant.

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