Dole Food Co. has donated salad bars to a pair of Ventura County, California schools.

Dole officials marked the gifts with Nov. 1 visits to Fred L. Williams School in Oxnard and Richard Bard School in Port Hueneme, according to a news release.

Port Hueneme mayor Sylvia Schnopp and Oxnard mayor pro tem Dr. Irene Pinkard attended.

The salad bars are part of Dole’s ongoing efforts to combat childhood obesity, according to Marty Ordman, Dole’s vice president of marketing and corporate communications.

“By targeting school settings, we can help young people make healthier choices and get more fruits and vegetables on their plates,” Ordman said in the release.

Dole donates salad bars in CaliforniaOne in three California children ages 9-11 are considered overweight or at risk of becoming so.

Ventura County strawberry production is enough to supply 85 million Americans annually, according to local Farm Bureau data. The numbers for celery and avocados are 135 million and 45 million, respectively.

“It’s only right that the students who live here have access to fresh salad on a daily basis,” Schnopp said in the release. “Overall, increasing our consumption of fruits and vegetables will go a long way toward reversing the obesity epidemic for both children and adults.”