Apio, Inc., Guadallupe, Calif. a wholly owned subsidiary of Landec Corporation is proud to announce their donation of salad bars to 25 schools, as part of the national Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative (LMSB2S), which supports First Lady Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity in a generation. Apio's donation benefits thousands of students in Santa Maria, Lynwood, Montebello and Hemet School Districts in California, as well as in New Orleans, Louisiana.
"Salad bars are an excellent tool to teach students to eat more fruits and vegetables. We are creating tomorrow's consumers; teaching kids to enjoy fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diets makes for a healthier community, says Ron Midyett, CEO of Apio, Inc. "Apio is proud to donate salad bars to schools. As a producer of fresh-cut vegetables, we feel it is important to provide children with a healthy and nutritious option at lunch time, and salad bars do just that," Midyett adds.
Apio, one of the top produce industry supporters of LMSB2S, has collaborated with the United Fresh Foundation, a founding partner of the initiative. The goal of LMSB2S is to increase children's fruit and vegetable consumption by donating salad bars to schools. To date, over 1,600 schools nationwide have received salad bars through LMSB2S.
Salad bars are an easy way for schools to meet the new USDA nutrition standards for school lunch, which require schools to double the amount of fruits and vegetable served to students each day, and serving a colorful variety of vegetables each week.
"School salad bar donations are one way for the produce industry to showcase our commitment to increasing children's access and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables and supporting our local communities," says Tom Stenzel, United Fresh president & CEO. "We're pleased to have produce industry leaders like Apio supporting these efforts," adds Stenzel.