The United Fresh Produce Association announced the donation of salad bars to 436 California schools, benefiting 300,000 students who will now have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables each day at lunch. United Fresh made the announcement at the Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools Celebration on the opening day of the United Fresh 2013 annual produce convention at the San Diego Convention Center.

The schools receiving salad bars are located in 71 districts throughout the state. School foodservice directors from 37 of those districts attended the event and were recognized as “salad bar superstars” and leaders on the front line in increasing children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables.

“Receiving salad bars from Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools has afforded us the ability to implement changes that are transforming the way that students eat on a daily basis,” says Brad Knipscheer, director of nutrition services at Hemet USD. "The fresh, vibrant salad bars look amazing. They are stocked with a wide variety of fresh produce items and have led to increased lunch participation at each site where we have implemented these beautiful and generously donated salad bars."

Hemet received 14 salad bars from Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools and recently received national recognition for leadership in improving healthfulness of school meals.