This week, Potatoes USA announced the latest part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign, which donates salad bars to school districts in need. The campaign, launched via the United Fresh Start Foundation, has found a major backer in Potatoes USA, which has become the biggest individual commodity donor to the program, donating more than 280 salad bars so far. Over the next 21 weeks, the group will donate salad bars to one school district per week – offering an opportunity to encourage more healthy eating of fruits and vegetables in schools. Potatoes USA Global Marketing Manager Rachael Lynch says that potatoes are often a key beneficiary of the salad bars. “I’ve seen operators use salad bars as creative topping bars for fresh baked potatoes, yogurt and so much more,” she said in a news release.
The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools national program, started by the United Fresh Produce Association and other industry partners after the passage of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act of 2010, has attracted wide support from around the food industry, with more than 5,000 salad bars donated over the years—a value of $13.3 million.
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