Duda installs salad bars in Orlando area schools - The Packer

Duda installs salad bars in Orlando area schools

04/05/2012 10:31:00 AM
Doug Ohlemeier

Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. is helping install salad bars in Orlando, Fla.-area schools.

Courtesy DudaStudents at Oviedo High School, Oviedo, Fla., can choose from whole and fresh-cut fruits and vegetables at a salad bar donated by Duda Farm Fresh Foods. Florida agriculture secretary Adam Putnam, flanked by students, attends the inauguration of the salad bar April 3. The Oviedo, Fla.-based company, the fresh division of A. Duda & Sons Inc., participated in an April 3 ceremony at Oviedo High School inaugurating Duda’s salad bar program.

The effort offers a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits to more than 16,000 children as part of the school lunch program, according to a news release. It is part of the Washington, D.C.-based United Fresh Produce Association Foundation’s and first lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative.

“By supporting United Fresh’s ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools’ initiative, we are extending our commitment to help reduce childhood obesity,” David Duda, president and chief executive officer, said in the release. “The salad bars will give the children in our own community additional healthy choices every day at lunchtime.”

Duda provided the salad bars to eight Seminole County elementary and high schools. Seminole County is on the east side of the Orlando metropolitan area.

Duda has also donated 40,000 pounds of fresh produce to Seminole County Public Schools’ Families in Transition program. The company was also recently accepted as a National Strategic Partner of the United States Department of Agriculture’s Nutrition Communicator’s Network, according to the release.

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