( Courtesy United Fresh )

The United Fresh Start Foundation’s annual School Foodservice Forum will be during the United Fresh LIVE! virtual event.

The virtual forum will have workshops and education sessions throughout the week of the virtual conference, June 15-19, according to a news release. 

“I’m proud that the School Foodservice Forum has become an integral component of the foundation’s programming,” Lisa McNeece, vice president of foodservice and industrial sales for Grimmway Farms and chairwoman of the foundation, said in the release. “If we are going to grow produce consumption, we need to ensure children can access fresh produce where they spend most of their day, and this means connecting with school administrators who are deciding what’s on the menu.”

At the forum, school nutrition professionals are invited explore new fruit and vegetable products and engage in education sessions that address sourcing, serving and promoting fresh produce to children and their families. 

Registration is free for United Fresh LIVE! and participation in the School Foodservice Forum is available to all registered attendees.

For information about the School Foodservice Forum, contact Andrew Marshall, director of foodservice and foundation partnerships at 202-303-3407.

The School Foodservice Forum schedule is:

  • Monday, June 15 from 4-5 pm Eastern: School Meals 101 Meets COVID-19: Opportunities for Fresh Produce in K-12 School Nutrition Programs;
  • Tuesday, June 16 from 11 am-Noon Eastern; Selling to Schools: Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Requirements in K-12 Foodservice;
  • Wednesday, June 17 from 11 am-noon Eastern: Continuing a Culinary Focus: Prioritizing Fruits and Veggies Before, During and After COVID-19;
  • Thursday, June 18 from 11 am-Noon: School Meals During COVID-19: Creative Approaches to Ensuring Students Get Their Fresh Fruits and Veggies; and
  • Friday, June 19 from 11 am-Noon Eastern: The Future of Fresh Produce in Schools: A State Agency Perspective.

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