Duda Farm Fresh Foods says it has donated eight salad bars to the Seminole County Public School District as part of the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation and First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative.
The salad bars will be available to more than 16,000 school children and will offer a variety of fresh vegetables and fruits as part of their school lunch program.
First Lady Michelle Obama has initiated new efforts to expand the Chefs Move to Schools program, which helps chefs and schools team up to educate children about healthy food choices. (Read: Michelle Obama for Chefs Move to Schools Program)
And when she was asked about her favourite food, she said “French Fries.”
“French fries. I love French Fries. I wish I could eat French fries every single day,” said First Lady Michelle Obama. (Read: What First Lady Michelle Obama Likes to Eat)
Earlier, Orange County Public Schools (OCPS) unveiled for the second consecutive year new school recipes that are “chef inspired, kid approved” at the Chefs Move to Schools event in Orlando, Florida. (Read: Chefs Move to Schools with Healthy Recipes)
Duda is also leading an effort to encourage others to contribute to this important initiative with the goal of placing salad bars in every school in the Seminole County Public School District.
A ceremony was held at Oviedo High School on Tuesday, April 3 to officially inaugurate the Duda-sponsored salad bars. Students and school officials hosted David Duda, president and CEO of A. Duda and Sons; Florida Agriculture Commissioner Adam Putnam; Oviedo Mayor Dominic Persampiere; and representatives from the United Fresh Produce Association.
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“By supporting United Fresh’s ‘Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools’ initiative, we are extending our commitment to help reduce childhood obesity,” said David Duda.“The salad bars will give the children in our own community additional healthy choices every day at lunchtime.”
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The schools receiving the salad bars are: Oviedo High School; Hagerty High School; Lake Brantley High School; Lyman High School; Lake Howell High School; Seminole High School; Red Bug Elementary School; and Rainbow Elementary School.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a major grower, shipper and marketer of fresh citrus and fresh and fresh-cut vegetables with primary locations in Florida, California, Arizona, Georgia, Texas and Michigan.
Duda Farm Fresh Foods is a wholly owned subsidiary of DUDA, a family-owned, diversified land company headquartered in Oviedo, Fla.