Courtesy Gibraltar AssociatesThe Dole banana greets students at Foothill Elementary School in Monterey, Calif., Sept. 27. Dole Food Co. donated five salad bars to the Monterey Peninsula School District.State and local officials joined Dole Food Co. in Monterey, Calif., to mark the company’s donation of five salad bars to schools there.
Eric Lauritzen, Monterey County agricultural commissioner, and representatives of the Monterey Peninsula Unified School District, California Department of Education, and Monterey County Health Department met Sept. 27 with students at Foothill Elementary School.
Steps schools can take against childhood obesity and toward meeting recent U.S. Department of Agriculture nutrition standards for lunches were outlined at the event.
“Salad bar donations are a natural extension of Dole’s ongoing commitment to childhood nutrition and what better community to do it in,” Marty Ordman, Dole’s vice president of marketing and corporate communications, said in a news release.
“This area of the country has long standing agricultural traditions with our company,” he added. “We are thrilled to be able to give back to this particular community and ensure that the students are getting the fresh fruits and vegetables they need.”
Dole’s efforts back the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign begun in 2010 in support of first lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative.
“We are honored to work with Dole in a partnership that is improving our students’ access to a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables,” Jennifer Gerard, director of nutrition services for the school district, said in the release. “We will be expanding the salad bar program across the district as a part of on-going efforts to provide students with the foods and experiences they need for life-long wellness and achievement.”