MIAMI — A new public-private partnership called “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” was announced this week at Riverside Elementary School here.
The new program, launched by the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and the Food, Family Farming Foundation (F3), has been established with the goal of providing at least 6,000 salad bars to U.S. schools during the next three years.
United Fresh has been advocating for this cause with its “A Salad Bar in Every School” campaign. Most nutritionists believe that giving children better access to fresh fruits and vegetables at an early age can help cultivate healthy eating habits that stick through adulthood.
“We are thrilled to build upon the success and momentum of First Lady [Michelle Obama’s] Let’s Move! initiative with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools,” Tom Stenzel, president and chief executive officer of United Fresh, said in a release. “School salad bars are a proven strategy for increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption and launching them on a lifetime of healthy eating.”