Study cites need for cafeteria equipment; USDA awards grants

12/19/2013 10:04:00 AM
Tom Karst

 

While applauding the USDA grants, United Fresh Produce Association president Tom Stenzel said in a news release that the Pew report illustrates what he called a “critical gap” in the equipment available to properly store and handle fresh produce.

Stenzel said United Fresh supported the congressional allocation of $100 million for school cafeteria equipment in the 2009 stimulus package, and also has secured private sector and foundation grant support to provide salad bars to nearly 2,800 schools in the U.S., through the United Fresh Let’s Move Salad Bars to School initiative. More of the same is needed for the future, Stenzel said.

“We urge companies and foundations to help schools nationwide upgrade their cafeteria equipment and infrastructure to make it easier for schools to serve more healthful meals, including more fresh fruits and vegetables,” he said in the release.


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