The United Fresh Produce Association has announced a landmark donation of salad bars to 436 California schools, a move that will benefit some 300,000 California students who will now have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every lunchtime.
United Fresh made the announcement at a recent Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools Celebration press conference in San Diego, an event bringing together government, education and child nutrition officials, school food service directors from throughout California, students from San Diego area schools, and more than 100 produce industry and foundation donors.
The schools receiving salad bars are located in 71 school districts throughout California, from Humboldt County in the north to San Diego and Imperial County in the south, and from the Bay Area to Tuolumne County in the east.
The goal of United Fresh's Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools campaign is to increase children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and improve their health by donating salad bars to schools throughout California.
“This remarkable donation of salad bars to 436 California schools truly demonstrates the power of public-private partnerships to improve child nutrition," said United Fresh CEO Tom Stenzel. "Produce industry leaders, businesses, and foundations all came together to support increasing children’s fresh fruit and vegetable consumption. These salad bars will transform school cafeterias and help 300,000 students develop healthier eating habits that will last a lifetime.”
The Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools Celebration was held on the opening day of the United Fresh 2013 annual produce convention at the San Diego Convention Center.