On Tuesday, October 16, Produce for Kids and Sunset Park Elementary School held an event in Miami, Fla., to celebrate the new salad bar that was donated as a result of last year’s Produce for Kids’ Healthy Schools, Healthy Minds campaign with Publix Super Markets, which benefited Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools. This salad bar is just one of 39, which were installed in Publix market areas as a result of the campaign.
Officials from Miami Dade County Schools, the Florida Agricultural Commissioner’s office, United Fresh, local parents, Sunset Park Elementary staff and media were in attendance, along with Publix and sponsors of last year’s campaign, including Acosta Sales and Marketing, Buddy Fruits, Del Monte Fresh Produce, Paramount Farms, Pero Family Farms, Shuman Produce and Ventura Foods. Several companies including Crunch Pak, Amco Produce, Mastronardi Produce and Del Monte Foods were sponsors of this initiative, but not in attendance.
Sportacus and Bean, from the popular preschool television network Sprout, interacted with students during two pre-event shows where Sportacus taught students some of his superhero moves. The characters also had the chance to test out the new salad bar with students and share with them the importance of eating their Sports Candy (fruits & veggies). More than half of the students at Sunset Park Elementary chose to eat from the new salad bar during the event.
“Through the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative, schools like Sunset Park Elementary are able to offer healthier choices for their students at lunchtime,” said John Shuman, president, Produce for Kids. “Putting fresh fruits and vegetables in front of children offers them the ability to make proper decisions and helps them to build lifelong healthy habits.”