Students at Patriot Elementary School in Rosedale, Calif., enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables from the school salad bar. ( Courtesy United Fresh Produce Association )

Bayer has pledged to donate $30,000 to the United Fresh Start Foundation to provide salad bars to four elementary schools in the Rosedale, Calif., school district. 

The money will also go to other programs designed to increased children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

“We so appreciate Bayer’s support of the United Fresh Start Foundation and our mission to increase children’s access to fresh produce,” Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association,” said in a news release. “Bayer is a perennial supporter of our work to place salad bars in schools, our Community Grants Program which is providing access to fruits and vegetables to kids outside the school day, and to help us in raising awareness about the foundation’s work, both within the industry and in communities across the country. We thank them for their support.”

The salad bars are going to:

  • Almondale Elementary School;
  • American Elementary School;
  • Independence Elementary School; and
  • Rosedale North Elementary School 

The foundation celebrated the Bayer donation at another Rosedale school, Patriot Elementary, which received a salad last year from the Kern County Chapter of California Women for Agriculture, according to the release.

A representative from Grimmway Farms was on hand to discuss how the company grows carrots and conduct a taste test.

Jennifer Maloney, who is Bayers’ food chain and sustainability manager, said the company is committed to supporting initiatives that give children access for fresh produce.

“This partnership is also meaningful because with today’s salad bar announcement, we’re able to collaborate with one of our grower partners and support healthier choices for children in one of our nation’s most prolific agricultural communities,” Maloney said in the release.

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