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Salad bars mean healthy lunches for thousands of Chicago students

by | February 07, 2011
CHICAGO -- The United Fresh Produce Association Foundation and Chiquita Brands International Inc. will join forces with Chicago Public Schools to provide 10 salad bars as part of the Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative.

United Fresh, Chiquita and CPS will announce the donation Wednesday, Feb. 9, at Bernhard Moos Elementary School. The salad bars further CPS' commitment to high nutrition standards and are designed to provide a broader variety of healthy options to students, including a wider variety and larger serving sizes of fruits and vegetables, increased whole grains and lower sodium.

Chiquita was the first produce company to commit multi-year financial support to the school salad bar initiative, according to a Feb. 7 press release from United.

The announcement comes on the first anniversary of Michelle Obama's Let's Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity. The first lady joined representatives from the Centers for Disease Control & Prevention and the U.S. Department of Agriculture to help launch Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools in November 2010. The 10 salad bars donated in Chicago are part of an overall goal of expanding salad bars into 110 CPS schools by the end of 2011.

Chicago Public Schools serves approximately 410,000 students in more than 670 schools. It is the nation's third-largest school system.