Hollandia Produce Donates Salad Bars to Conejeo Valley Schools


The Thousand Oaks High School Nutrition staff and Associate Student Body were among the first groups to dine on Live Gourmet Living Butter Lettuce served from the school’s new salad bar.

As supporters of the United Fresh Foundation’s “Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools” campaign, Hollandia Produce formally presented its donation of two new salad bars to the Conejo Valley Unified School District, during a salad bar unveiling ceremony on May 13, 2014 at Noon in the cafeteria of Thousand Oaks High School, located at 2323 N. Moorpark Road.

Vincent Choate, director of marketing for Hollandia Produce, formally presented the donation, which also included a Westlake High School salad bar, to Lou Lichtl, Thousand Oaks High School principal and Sandy Curwood, Conejo Valley Unified School District director of Child Nutrition Services and the Associate Student Body who was among the dignitaries accepting on behalf of Conejo Valley USD.

“We are very excited about Hollandia Produce’s generous donation,” said Curwood. “These salad bars support our efforts to source local, seasonal produce to serve to our students as part of our meal program, and support the valuable nutrition, agriculture and environmental lessons we’re focused on with our students, staff and community.

The Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools campaign supports Team California for Healthy Kids, a program started by California State Superintendent of Public Instruction Tom Torlakson to increase access to fresh foods and salad bars.

United Fresh and its membership are collaborating with the California State Department of Education to achieve these shared goals. This is Hollandia Produce’s fifth salad bar donation since joining the campaign initiative.

As a grower and shipper of Live Gourmet and Grower Pete’s brands of living lettuce and leafy greens, Hollandia Produce is a strong proponent of healthy eating. “Through this initiative, we can support better access to healthy food and influence children and families to increase their intake of fruits and vegetables,” stressed Pete Overgaag, chief executive officer of Hollandia Produce.

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