Courtesy Apio Inc.Ron Midyett, chief executive officer of Apio Inc., visits Adams Elementary School in Santa Maria, Calif. on Oct. 12. It was one of 25 schools in California and New Orleans to receive a salad bar from Apio. The students are Rogelio Rodriguez Esparza and Yessika Pinon. Apio Inc. recently donated salad bars to 25 schools in California and Louisiana as part of the national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.
Recipients include schools in four California districts — Santa Maria, Lynwood, Montebello and Hemet — plus New Orleans.
Guadalupe, Calif.-based Apio, a subsidiary of Landec Corp., collaborated with United Fresh Foundation, a founding partner of the initiative. More than 1,600 schools have received salad bars through the program.
“We are creating tomorrow’s consumers,” Ron Midyett, chief executive officer, said in a news release. “As a producer of fresh-cut vegetables, we feel it is important to provide children with a healthy and nutritious option at lunch time, and salad bars do just that.”
One recipient school visited by Midyett was Adams Elementary in Santa Maria. He met Liz Powell, foodservice director for the Santa Maria-Bonita School District, in October to discuss the salad bar program.
“We’re pleased to have produce industry leaders like Apio supporting these efforts,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president, said in the release.