Through its contributions, Milwaukee-based Roundy’s Supermarkets has helped provide salad bars for forty schools in Illinois and Wisconsin in support of the United Fresh Start Foundation’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign.
In particular, the donation supports the Foundation’s Midwest campaign, which aims directly at schools in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin, according to a news release.
“Programs that encourage children to eat more fresh fruits and vegetables benefit our produce departments and we’re excited to get more involved with schools in the communities we serve,” Steve Jarzombek, vice president produce procurement and merchandising for Roundy’s, said in a press release.
Roundy’s donations will help provide salad bars to schools throughout Illinois and Wisconsin, benefitting communities where Roundy’s has store locations. Schools can then use the salad bars during their lunch service. The goal is to provide students with greater access to fresh fruits and vegetables, to engage parents in conversations about healthier meals at home, and to create a healthier school food environment.
According to Cheryl Peil, food and nutrition director for the Elmbrook, Wisconsin Public Schools, “Our district is honored to be part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools program. We received a salad bar last school year, and now thanks to Roundy’s, we will be able to expand salad bars to three additional schools.”
The overall campaign provides salad bars to school lunch programs through donor initiatives. More than 250 produce companies, businesses, and foundations participate in the campaign, providing salad bars and fresh produce offerings to more than two million students in 3,500 schools, according to the release.