Goya donated $100,000 in support of NJPAC programming, including live performances and Latin concerts, its youth ballroom dance competition Dancing Classrooms and its dramatic book reading program Books on the Move, which tours libraries and community centers promoting literacy.
The partnership will also connect Goya nutritionist Meriterese Racanelli with representatives of Newark Institute of Culinary Education and the Marion P. Thomas Charter High School of Culinary and Performing Arts, both in Newark, to whom she will convey Goya’s MyPlate (MiPlato) nutrition program. The program was developed by Goya in 2012 in collaboration with the USDA and First Lady Michelle Obama as the modern answer to a food guide pyramid to help educate Hispanic and general market consumers on healthy eating.
“I’m a great admirer of the philanthropy practiced by Goya Foods throughout the world, so I’m especially gratified that the company shares our mission and is now part of the family,” said NJPAC President and CEO John Schreiber in a statement. “As the sponsor of concerts by Latin artists and special programs that focus on nutrition and literacy, Goya Foods will be a valued partner and advocate for positive change in our diverse cultural community.”
For Goya President Bob Unanue, supporting the arts is an important way to help children grow and learn, particularly in the Hispanic community that makes up 19 percent of the state.
“Performing arts play an important role in fueling the growth of our children and helping to bring families together through culture and education,” said Unanue in a statement. “We are proud to support the programs offered at NJPAC because of the organization’s commitment to promoting the overall well-being of our communities throughout New Jersey and beyond.”