Tour de Fresh 2019 logo ( Courtesy California Giant )

Tour de Fresh, a four-day cycling event presented by the California Giant Foundation, expects to provide at least 50 salad bars to schools across the U.S., benefitting more than 25,000 students.

Tour de Fresh has released the districts that will benefit from this year’s event.

Since 2014, Tour de Fresh has donated more than 230 salad bars to help increase consumption of fruits and vegetables in schools, according to a news release.

“We believe providing access to a variety of fruits and vegetables offer an experience of choices that can shape behavior far beyond the school lunch line,” Cindy Jewell, California Giant Berry Farms vice president of marketing, said in the release. “A donation of a salad bar provides a platform to encourage a lifetime of healthy snacks and meals to children who may not have fresher options in their homes.”

School districts receiving salad bars in 2019 are:
>Rosedale Union School District — Bakersfield, Calif.
>Acalanes Union High School District — Moraga, Calif.
>Mt. Shasta Union High School District — Mt. Shasta, Calif.
>Ramona Unified School District — Ramona, Calif.
>South Whitter School District — Whittier, Calif.
>Barrow County Schools — Winder, Ga.
>Wadsworth City Schools — Wadsworth, Ohio
>Fort Worth ISD — Fort Worth, Texas
>Michigan School District

United Fresh estimates $1.3 million of fresh produce sales have been generated in the last five years to stock the 230 salad bars Tour de Fresh has provided, according to the release.

The United Fresh Start Foundation provided a list of schools with the greatest need to Tour de Fresh. The foundation estimates an average of 500 children at each school will benefit from each salad bar, according to the release. 

“The opportunity for the fresh produce industry to make generational impact is huge,” Jewell said. “We are not just about the ride every year, we are focused on raising awareness of the salad bar program and helping children have access to fresher options.” 

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