JERSEY CITY - Goya Foods, the largest Hispanic-owned food company in the United States, partners with Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) to spearhead the launch of a statewide Goya Cooking With Care patch program. 

Goya is the first global company to establish and design a Girl Scouts patch with GSHNJ.  The sponsorship also includes financial support and a donation of Goya products to rollout the program throughout the school year and provide scholarships for girls to attend GSHNJ’s summer camps. Goya’s R&D Food Scientist/Nutritionist, who was in Girl Scouts as a youth, assisted in the development of the patch program.    

“This program helps support the CDC and MyPlate National Sodium Reduction Initiatives, while helping girls and their families learn to cook healthier cultural foods and respect the differences of other cultures.” said Meriterese Racanelli, M.S., R&D Food Scientist/Nutritionist for Goya Foods, who helps expand Goya’s healthy product lines, community outreach and wellness campaigns.

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“We are extremely pleased to be partnering with Goya and appreciate their generous donation to help promote the many exciting aspects of this girl-led program,” said Natasha Hemmings, CEO, of Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey. “Goya’s financial support to provide camp scholarships for girls in need is a tremendous opportunity for them and an experience they will never forget.”

“The Goya Cooking With Care patch program will encourage girls to explore the science behind healthy eating, food insecurity within their communities, and promote the conversation of varying food traditions across cultures,” said Rafael Toro, Director of Public Relations of Goya Foods.

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About GOYA

Founded in 1936, Goya Foods, Inc. is America’s largest Hispanic-owned food company, and has established itself as the leader in Latin American food and condiments. Goya manufactures, packages, and distributes over 2,500 high-quality food products from Spain, the Caribbean, Mexico, Central and South America. Goya products have their roots in the culinary traditions of Hispanic communities around the world.  The combination of authentic ingredients, robust seasonings and convenient preparation makes Goya products ideal for every taste and every table.  For more information on Goya Foods, please visit

About Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey

Girl Scouts Heart of New Jersey (GSHNJ) believes in the power of every G.I.R.L. (Go-getter, Innovator, Risk-taker, Leader)™ to change the world. Providing nearly 18,000 New Jersey girls access to premier leadership programs and mentors throughout Essex, Hudson, Hunterdon, Somerset, Union, southern Warren, and parts of Middlesex counties, GSHNJ offers girls a chance to practice a lifetime of leadership, adventure, and success. GSHNJ has three service centers located in North Branch, Westfield, and Montclair, and operates three summer camps: Camp Hoover in Middleville, NJ, Camp DeWitt in Hillsborough, NJ, and The OVAL in Maplewood, NJ. To volunteer, reconnect, donate, or join, please visit