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School nutrition leader sees produce mandate as essential
Tuesday, September 08, 2015 11:50 AM

As one of three school district nutrition leaders set to speak at the United Fresh Washington Conference in late September, Bertrand Weber knows that fresh fruits and vegetables will be a central topic of discussion. He is prepared. 
Weber, who since 2012 has been director of the Minneapolis Public School Culinary and Nutrition Services, said he believes fresh produce should be a required component in school meals.
Weber and other members of the nutrition panel — Donna Martin, director of the School Nutrition Program, Burke County Board of Education, Waynesboro, Ga., and Eric Goldstein, CEO, New York City Department of Education, School Food, New York, N.Y. — are scheduled to appear together on a panel Sept. 29 at noon in Washington, D.C.
“No matter what the push back might be, that one component is one that kids must have in their diet,” Weber said.