United Fresh President Tom Stenzel thanked Farr and Putnam in a news release from the association.
“The introduction of this legislation is an important step calling attention to the simple, but powerful role fruit and vegetable bars in schools can have in improving kids’ health,” Stenzel said in the release.
“Research has shown that schoolchildren significantly increase their consumption of fruits and vegetables when given a variety of choices in a school salad bar,” he said in the release. “When offered multiple fresh fruit and vegetable choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily consumption of fruits and vegetables.”
Gilmer said the bill is stand-alone legislation but also will be strategic in the reauthorization of child nutrition programs next year.