Jersey City, New Jersey-based Goya Foods and the National Supermarket Association (NSA) hosted “Taste of Latinoamérica,” a Latin-themed three-course meal pop-up restaurant, as part of Food Education Fund’s Restaurant Pop-Up Lunch Series to benefit students of Food and Finance High School, New York City’s only culinary-focused public high school located in Hell’s Kitchen, Manhattan.
As part of Goya’s support of the Food Education Fund, the company established an annual culinary competition and scholarships for students of Food and Finance High School. It also offers Goya product donations for the School Grounds Café, a student-run business.
“We couldn’t be prouder to be a partner of the Food Education Fund. It’s amazing to see how motivated and engaged the students are with the incredible support and team of the fund. For Goya, it’s about making a difference in the lives of these students and to help give them opportunities for a better and brighter future,” said Bob Unanue, president of Goya.
William Rodriquez, NSA president, said, “The NSA is proud to be a new partner of the Food Education Fund and to help empower and support these students throughout high school and beyond. We are dedicated to giving back to the communities where our supermarkets are located, and thanks to Goya Foods, we were introduced to a wonderful way where we could do just that.”
The luncheon, featuring Goya products, was fully prepared and led by students of the Food and Finance High School. Students take an hour and a half of cooking, baking and pastry each day on top of a full academic program. The school has a graduation rate of around 90 percent.