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The United Fresh Produce Association announced June 11 the donation of salad bars to 200 Midwest schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin. An estimated 100,000 Midwest students in both urban and rural school districts will benefit by having increased access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at school lunch. With the goal of increasing students’ fruit and vegetable consumption, the donation represents just the start of the United Fresh Foundation’s multi-year “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools” campaign.
“Our philosophy is to provide our students with fresh produce every day
," Bertrand Weber, director, culinary and nutrition services for the Minneapolis Public Schools, said in a press release. "We believe salad bars are teaching our students about the importance of eating healthy, that fruits and vegetables are delicious and should be part of every meal. We currently have salad bars in 31 of our 62 Minneapolis public schools and our goal is to expand our salad bar program to more schools. ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars to Midwest Schools’ is helping us accomplish that goal.
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