Bayer gives $30K for school salad bars
Bayer recently promised $30,000 to the United Fresh Start Foundation, paying for salad bars at four schools in the Rosedale Union School District in California.
The United Fresh Start Foundation has a mission to provide students greater access to fruits and vegetables.
The gift was made during an assembly at Patriot Elementary School, which received a salad bar last year and has experienced success with students selecting fresh produce from the salad bar during their breakfast and lunch service.
As part of the announcement, Bayer arranged for a local grower from Grimmway Farms to speak to the audience of fourth-, fifth- and sixth-grade students about how and where carrots are grown, as well as coordinated a carrot variety taste test in which students were able to try several varieties of Grimmway carrots and vote on their favorite.
The four schools in the Rosedale Union School District receiving new salad bars through the Bayer-United Fresh Start Foundation collaboration include:
- Almondale Elementary School
- American Elementary School
- Independence Elementary School
- Rosedale North Elementary School
“We so appreciate Bayer’s support of the United Fresh Start Foundation and our mission to increase children’s access to fresh produce,” said Tom Stenzel, President & CEO, United Fresh Produce Association.
“This partnership is also meaningful because with today’s salad bar announcement, we’re able to collaborate with one of our grower partners and support healthier choices for children in one of our nation’s most prolific agricultural communities,” said Jennifer Maloney, Bayer Food Chain and Sustainability Manger.
The United Fresh Start Foundation is a founding partner of the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative, which to date has helped facilitate the donation of salad bars in over 5,500 schools, benefitting 3 million children in all 50 states.