Antigo, Wis.-based Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association has donated salad bars to a local school.

Two salad bars, described in a news release as "potato-friendly," will serve more than 400 students at Lincoln Middle School in La Crosse, Wis.

"The new salad bars have helped to increase fruit and vegetable consumption at school," Jerrilynn Donley, middle school nutrition director for the school district, said in the release. "The many compliments from our students and staff tell us we are on the right track for teaching the importance of healthy food choices. We are so thankful to the Wisconsin Potato and Vegetable Growers Association for providing us with this amazing opportunity."

Lincoln Middle School and two charter schools, Coulee Montessori and School of the Arts II, will hear presentations by growers and industry members about potato nutrition, the state's industry and buying local.

A "Spudmobile" will also be on hand the day of the presentations, and the students will be given loaded baked Wisconsin burbank potatoes for lunch.

"Putting a face to a name and directly connecting the industry to students is a huge step in helping people understand where their food comes from, how it's grown, and fun ways to prepare potatoes and vegetables that are easy, quick, healthy and delicious," Dana Rady, the association's director of promotions, said in the release.

 
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