The La Mirada, Calif.-based Fresh Produce & Floral Council plans to donate $24,200 to charities this year.
The largest contribution — $11,300 — is to United Fresh Foundation’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative. The council’s donation this year will fund four salad bars in California schools on top of contributions it made in 2012 and 2013 that provided for 16 salad bars, according to a news release.
The council’s board of directors also approved a $2,500 donation to Common Threads, a program designed to teach disadvantaged children how to cook healthful meals in an after-school program.
Although the Common Threads program is established in Chicago; Washington, D.C.; and Miami, the council’s funding will go toward a new one in Los Angeles.
The council plans to provide $2,500 to the Fresno Arts Council’s Arts Alive in Agriculture program, which will celebrate Central Valley agricultural through art displayed at the Fresno City Hill.
The council also renewed its support of both the Produce Marketing Association Foundation for Industry Talent and the Produce for Better Health Foundation.
The policy allows the council to fund only projects and programs that directly support its mission statement of promoting and advancing the industry.