Recognition program for fruits and vegetables in school canteens | 2020-10-14
A major trade association is taking action to recognize the efforts of school lunch programs that encourage the consumption of fruits and vegetables in their meals.
The United Fresh Start Foundation is celebrating National School Lunch Week – currently underway – by drawing attention to school districts that continue to offer a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetable choices to students, despite challenges posed by COVID -19.
Andrew Marshall, director of catering and foundation partnerships for the United Fresh Produce Association, said the effort will focus on “highlighting schools that are making fresh food options a priority through on-trend salads. and visually appealing, product-oriented main courses and sides.
“We are also celebrating school nutrition leaders who are committed to maintaining portioning requirements for fruits and vegetables, ensuring children in their community have access to a variety of fresh produce,” he added. .
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The effort will use social media interviews with school nutrition professionals from Arizona, California, Florida, Georgia, Oklahoma and New York City.
The organization also called on the USDA’s recent announcement of extended waivers for school lunch programs until the end of 2021 and said it “would continue to provide support to schools for supplies, the service and promotion of fresh products to students “.
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