More Produce in Schools

There is a national obesity epidemic and unfortunately our community and our children are not immune. In the US it is estimated that 93 million people are at some stage of obesity. Diabetes is expected to increase 165% by 2050.

Although surrounded by wholesome and healthy produce, our schools do not have the resources and at times the information to properly feed our children with the fresh produce so necessary to a well-balanced and healthy diet.

We work with local foodservice directors to help find effective solutions to getting more fresh produce in our schools. We also launched an innovative Salad Bar Program. In this program companies and individuals can actually, through a small donation, sponsor a salad bar for one of our local schools. This is a proactive and innovative solution to a serious local and national problem.

Grower-Shipper Association Foundation celebrates ribbon-cutting of School Salad Bars. Donations Announced with a Ribbon-Cutting Ceremony at Scotts Valley High School and San Benito High School.

SALINAS, Calif. – On Tuesday, November 12, 2019 at Scotts Valley High School and San Benito High School, the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation (GSAF) joined representatives from the districts and local produce companies, to announce the donation and placement of two, new salad bars each at Scotts Valley High School and San Benito High School.

The donations are part of the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s, More Produce in Schools program, which matches local donors with local schools that request a salad bar in Monterey, Santa Cruz and San Benito Counites The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation partners with Central Coast school foodservice directors and grower-shippers to make fresh, local produce more readily accessible to area students through the salad bar program.

“We are proud of all industry members who are helping ensure children in the surrounding area will have be able to choose to fresh, local produce everyday as part of their school lunch,” said Lorri Koster, the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s President. “The fields where we grow vegetables that feed that world are just a short distance from these schools, and it just make sense that students should be able to easily access the variety produce that’s our counties are known for.”

The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation has supported salad bars for locally-based schools in prior years as well. In the past five years, salad bar donations have been made possible by the generous contributions from Taylor Farms, Church Brothers Farms, Tanimura & Antle, Ocean Mist Farms, Braga Fresh Family Farms, Sabor Farms, Top Flavor Farms and Ippolito International.

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The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation’s “More Produce in Schools” Program is grateful to the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival 2019 for supporting our program!

We are proud to partner with the Salinas Valley Food & Wine Festival 2018 as their designated charity. Together, we raised $10,000 for the More Produce in Schools Program.

Thank you to all the donors that make it possible to provide Salad Bars in Schools!

Salad Bar Program – You can make a difference.

Grower Shipper Association Foundation has a program that puts your resources to work in exactly the right place. For a donation of only $3,500 you can sponsor a salad bar which will be placed in one of our local schools. It is an effective way to give our schools and our children the equipment they need so that fresh salads are available. Can you think of a more direct way to positively impact the food our children are able to obtain in school?

Your donation will make an immediate impact. All you have to do is sponsor the salad bar and Grower Shipper Association Foundation contacts the school and works with the administration to install the salad bar.

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