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School foodservice buyers have access to a new membership category at the United Fresh Produce Association.

United Fresh membership is available to school districts/school foodservice authorities at the rate of $250 annually, according to a news release. School foodservice directors can give staff access to United Fresh resources through a membership. The membership form is available on the United Fresh website.

“We are excited to have K-12 school foodservice administrators become more involved with United Fresh,” Miriam Wolk, vice president of member services at United Fresh, said in the release. “Offering industry resources on food safety, procurement, foodservice trends and other topics has proven of great value to the school foodservice community.”

School districts are often the “largest restaurant in town,” Andrew Marshall, director of foodservice and foundation partnerships at United Fresh, said in the release.

“Schools are legitimate volume foodservice buyers that collectively serve fresh produce to 30 million children who participate in the National School Lunch Program each day,” he said in the release.

As a member of United Fresh, school foodservice directors will receive resources to help them source, serve and promote fresh fruits and vegetables in schools.

The United Fresh Start Foundation has established a scholarship fund to provide support for school districts who lack funds for membership.

School districts interested in applying for a membership scholarship can contact Marshall at (202) 303-3407 or [email protected]