9. School lunch produce bonanza - The Packer

9. School lunch produce bonanza

12/28/2012 12:34:00 PM
Chuck Robinson

Produce for Kids singled out Publix Super Markets Inc., Lakeland, Fla., which with 10 produce suppliers helped raise more than $115,000 in the Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign to provide salad bars to 38 schools in Publix’s service region.


March 19

Florida agriculture department oversees state school lunch program

By Tom Karst, National Editor

Joining Texas and New Jersey, Florida has become the third state to give responsibility of school meal oversight to the state department of agriculture.

Holding promise for more state produce in school meals, the transfer of oversight of the National School Lunch Program from the state’s department of education to the Florida Department of Agriculture fulfilled a campaign promise by Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam.


May 7

Texas, U.S. schools to receive salad bars

By Tom Karst, National Editor

DALLAS — Bringing the total of salad bars to 1,600 over two years, the United Fresh Foundation is donating 100 salad bars to Texas schools. ... The noon announcements kicked off the opening of the expo floor at United Fresh 2012.


June 4

USDA celebrates MyPlate icon’s first anniversary

By Tom Karst, National Editor

The one-year anniversary of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s MyPlate food icon has some convinced the image will be around for many years to come.

Agriculture Deputy Secretary Kathleen Merrigan joined educators and students May 30 to spotlight the first anniversary of MyPlate.


Aug. 6

Produce for Kids to fund class projects

By Sarah Krause, Special to The Packer

This fall, Produce for Kids goes back to school.

The Orlando, Fla.-based organization kicks off a new program designed to help fund schools’ health- and nutrition-based classroom projects.

Produce for Kids will join forces this September and October with online charity DonorsChoose.org, as well as various retailers nationwide to support the Produce for Kids “Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds” campaign.


The nutrition guidelines intended to make students less fat and healthier may also have made some kids’ stomachs growl.

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