A U.S. Department of Agriculture official plans to visit salad bars at a Salinas, Calif., elementary school to talk up new meal standards expected to double the amount of fruits and vegetables served to students.

Kevin Concannon, USDA Under Secretary for Food, Nutrition and Consumer Services, is scheduled to visit Sherwood Elementary School Aug. 30 with U.S Rep. Sam Farr, D-Carmel. Officials from the United Fresh Produce Association, Mann Packing, and state and local education authorities plan to attend as well.

All 13 schools in the Salinas City Elementary district have salad bars, according to a news release. Starting this school year, the USDA’s Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Snack Program will pay for seven of them.

“We are excited that Undersecretary Concannon will get to see firsthand the dedication and commitment of the fresh produce industry to supplying schools with a wide variety of fresh produce,” United Fresh vice president of nutrition and health Lorelei DiSogra said in the release. “Salinas schools are role models for the rest of the country, providing students with lots of colorful fruits and vegetables every day.”

Among those expected to attend the school event are DiSogra; Lorri Koster, co-chairwoman of Mann Packing; and Robert Guenther, senior vice president of public policy at United Fresh.

Concannon will also tour a Taylor Farms vegetable harvest, plus cooling and processing operations at Mann Packing. The day ends with a policy roundtable discussion.