9. School lunch produce bonanza - The Packer

9. School lunch produce bonanza

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

The push for healthier school lunches took on renewed fervor in January, when first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack introduced new school nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture on Jan. 25 at an elementary school in Fairfax. Va.

That fervor helped stoke the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, bringing more salad bars to schools across the country.

 

Jan. 30

New school lunch standards open the door to increased produce sales

By Tom Karst, National Editor

Wholesalers and fresh produce foodservice distributors should immediately put a priority on building partnerships and business relationships with schools in their communities, said Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health for United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

“Schools are going to be buying a lot more fruits and vegetables, and we want those to be fresh fruits and vegetables because we want kids to taste a wide variety of fresh produce and increase their consumption.”

The long-awaited school nutrition standards from the U.S. Department of Agriculture were introduced by first lady Michelle Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack on Jan. 25 at an elementary school in Fairfax. Va.

 

Feb. 13

Let’s Move celebrates second anniversary

By Tom Karst, National Editor

The two-year anniversary of Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools in February was celebrated with prominent recognition of the program’s involvement in providing salad bars to schools.

 

Several companies helped fund salad bars in schools, including Matthews, N.C.-based Harris Teeter’s push to donate at least 10 salad bars to area schools; Duda Farm Fresh Foods Inc. helping install salad bars in Orlando, Fla.-area schools; and the Houston Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Association getting closer to its goal of donating 20 to the Houston Independent School District.

 

Feb. 13

Produce for Kids campaign generates record donations

By Doug Ohlemeier, Eastern Editor

Produce for Kids is thanking suppliers and retailers for helping make its most recent campaigns generate record-breaking support.

Orlando, Fla.-based Produce for Kids — which provides funding for Children’s Miracle Network-affiliated hospitals and for programs improving children’s eating habits — generated $202,000 through its fall 2011 campaign that helped PBS Kids and the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, according to a news release.


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