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United Fresh donating salad bars to southern schools

The United Fresh Foundation is donating salad bars to 39 schools in Florida, Georgia, Alabama and Tennessee through the “Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative, which is connected to First Lady Michelle Obama’s anti-obesity campaign.
Tom Stenzel

Tom Stenzel
“Childhood obesity is a problem nationwide, but the Southeast has higher rates than the national average,” said Tom Stenzel, president and CEO of the United Fresh Produce Association in making the announcement Monday. “Children’s fruit and vegetable consumption is also lower in the Southeast.”

Salad bars will be donated to schools in Walker County, Alabama; Polk County and Union County in Florida; Troup County and Lanier County in Georgia; and the Coffee County School District in Tennessee.

Stenzel said Produce for Kids and Publix Super Markets will be joining the effort.

“Together with our ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools’ partners, more than 1,200 schools nationwide now have salad bars,” he added.