ABINGDON, VA (Friday, March 8, 2013) – Food City recently funded the donation of salad bars to several area schools in conjunction with the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program.
“Food City is excited to partner with United Fresh to make possible the donation of numerous salad bars throughout our region,” says Steven C. Smith, Food City president and chief executive officer. “This is an exciting program that benefits everyone - the schools, the produce industry, the parents and most importantly our children.”
Food City and school officials participated in presentation ceremonies earlier this week. Five schools spanning the Food City market area are slated to receive salad bars. Those benefitting include Liberty Bell Middle School and Science Hill High School of Johnson City, TN, Cumberland County High School in Crossville, TN, Perry County Central High School in Hazard, KY and Abingdon High School of Abingdon, VA.
“Childhood obesity has more than tripled in the past 30 years. Today, 17% of U.S. children are obese, increasing their risk for long-term health problems such as heart disease, cancer, stroke and diabetes,” says Smith. “More than 50% of children’s total calories are consumed at school. Research shows an increase in the frequency of fruits and vegetables consumed during the day when a school has a salad bar.”
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a special campaign of the United Fresh Foundation. The initiative was created to raise awareness that salad bars are an effective strategy for increasing children’s fruit and vegetable consumption at school. Schools receiving salad bars through the program must complete an evaluation a year after receiving the gift, detailing how their meal service has changed.
The mission of the program is to significantly increase salad bars in school across the country to give every child the opportunity to choose from a variety of healthy fruits and vegetables every day. To date, 2,200+ salad bars have been donated to schools in the 50 states and D.C., with hopes of increasing that number to 6,000 schools by year’s end.
The United Fresh Foundation is a non-profit organization of the United Fresh Produce Association designed to help meet the public’s need for healthy, high quality, safe and affordable fresh fruits and vegetables. Through their Center for Nutrition and Health, the Foundation is devoted to enhancing consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables through environmental change and public policy, and an industry commitment to charitable endeavors. For more information on the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program, visit their website at www.saladbars2schools.org.
Headquartered in Abingdon, Virginia, K-VA-T Food Stores operates 105 retail food outlets throughout the tri-state regions of Southeast Kentucky, Southwest Virginia and Northeast Tennessee.