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Goya Foods donates $150K to help Marc Anthony's charity build orphanage in Colombia

Singer Marc Anthony performs at Barclay's Center on February 15, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.

Singer Marc Anthony performs at Barclay's Center on February 15, 2014 in the Brooklyn borough of New York City.  (2014 Getty Images)

The largest Hispanic-owned U.S. food company is donating $150,000 to a charity set up by pop singer Marc Anthony and marketer Henry Cardenas to help orphaned and underprivileged kids in Colombia.

Goya Foods donated the funds towards the development and construction of one of Maestro Care’s, a non-profit organization founded by Marc Anthony and Cardenas, new orphanages and schools for over 200 children in Barranquilla, Colombia. The donation matches one that Goya made last year for the construction of Maestro Care’s first orphanage for over 100 children in La Romana, Dominican Republic.

“We’ve supported The Maestro Cares Foundation from the beginning because we believe in the power of their mission: to change the destiny and environment of these children,” says Bob Unanue, President of Goya Foods. “With the alarming number of orphans in South America and the personal dedication of Marc Anthony, Henry Cardenas and staff members, we are honored to be a part of their mission and to see their efforts and hard work grow.”

Goya’s donation will help to provide housing, clothing, food and staff while assisting in the academic, social and recreational development of the children through various programs. The 30,000 square feet complex for the children will have a kitchen, laundry room, cafeteria, library, church, classrooms, dorm rooms, health clinic, a teacher’s lounge, workshop area, business center, and indoor and outdoor recreational areas including a soccer field – so the kids can emulate Colombia’s soccer team that had such success in the World Cup this summer.

Last year’s donation also included 50,000 pounds of food for the children and staff on the Dominican Republic.

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“We are deeply grateful for our partnership with Goya Foods and their support of the mission of the Maestro Cares Foundation,” Marc Anthony said. “Having Goya’s support for our first project in the Dominican Republic and now our second project in Colombia demonstrates the company’s ongoing commitment to improving the lives of the neediest children in Latin America.”

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