Help Us Bring Salad Bars to Children Across America

Cindy | July 13, 2018

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Do you remember the first time you bit into a fresh juicy berry or a cool crisp stalk apple? Not all kids are given the opportunity to enjoy such fruits and vegetables on a daily basis. Thank goodness there are many schools with Foodservice Directors that are determined to allow every child to experience the joy of fresh produce.

An effective way of introducing children to fresh produce at an early age are salad bars. Thousands of salad bars have been granted to schools across the U.S. thanks to Salad Bars to Schools and dedicated Foodservice Directors. Childhood obesity and school nutrition, as well as hunger and food insecurity are just a few issues that drive Foodservice Directors to receive salad bars for their schools, and at the California Giant Foundation, we want to help. 

 

 

To help, we created the Tour de Fresh, a first-of-its-kind, collaborative event that unites the most significant brands and influencers in the fresh produce industry for a four-day cycling event to raise funds to benefit the national Salad Bars to Schools initiative. We're now entering our fifth year of hosting the Tour, and to make a larger impact among school districts in need, the 5th Annual Tour de Fresh will benefit four districts in key regions across the country. The chosen districts have each requested 10 or more salad bars and each serves communities with low-income families. 

Jill Kidd of Pueblo City Schools District, Jamie Phillips of Vista Unified School District, Robert Cuellar of Laredo Independent School District, and Rodney Taylor of Fairfax County Public Schools are the four Foodservice Directors we have the honor of supporting in 2018.

We are proud of the efforts we've made with the California Giant Foundation over the past four years, and we can't wait for every Foodservice Director, teacher and staff member to see their children's smiling faces as each salad bar is unveiled to their school.  

Today, the U.S. has more than 50,700,000 primary school children, and according to data from The Center for Disease Control and Prevention:

  • The prevalence of obesity was 18.5% and affected about 13.7 million children and adolescents.
  • Obesity prevalence was 13.9% among 2- to 5-year-olds, 18.4% among 6- to 11-year-olds, and 20.6% among 12- to 19-year-olds. Childhood obesity is also more common among certain populations.
  • Hispanics (25.8%) and non-Hispanic blacks (22.0%) had higher obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic whites (14.1%).
  • Non-Hispanic Asians (11.0%) had lower obesity prevalence than non-Hispanic blacks and Hispanics.

With statistics like these, we’re doing everything we can to make a difference in schools across America. Through our Tour de Fresh efforts, we’ve raised more than $600,000 and placed more than 180 salad bars in schools. But we aren’t stopping there. This year, we have a goal to finance 50+ salad bars and you can help us reach it! 

Donate here to the 2018 Tour de Fresh, and make a difference in schools across America. 

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