More and more, students in Cincinnati schools have fresh produce options during lunch periods, due to the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation’s "Salad Bar in Every School" campaign.

Chiquita Brands International Inc., Cincinnati, donated a salad bar to the Academy of World Languages through the program on May 10.

“Promoting better childhood nutrition and wellness in our hometown schools is a great way to give back to our community,” said Fernando Aguirre, Chiquita chairman and chief executive officer, in a release. “Improved access to fruits and vegetables with school salad bars is a winning proposition for our kids and schools. We are proud to be part of this bipartisan effort and are committed to expanding this initiative.”

Chiquita, United Fresh add salad bars to schools
Chiquita, United Fresh add salad bars to schools

Courtesy Chiquita Brands International

The United Fresh Produce Foundation, with financial backing from Chiquita Brands International, donates another salad bar to a Cincinnati school May 10. Congressman Steve Driehaus (from left), Academy of the World Languages school principal Jackie Rowedder, two students, Chiquita chairman and CEO Fernando Aguirre, Miss Chiquita (Alisa Nesta) and Congresswoman Jean Schmidt dedicate the salad bar. 

The foundation has donated three other salad bars in Cincinnati, with multi-year financial commitments by Chiquita and its salad subsidiary, Fresh Express, Salinas, Calif. Cincinnati’s Public School System has installed another.

“I love the idea of ‘a salad bar in every school,’ and I want to thank Chiquita for helping to make that a reality,” said Mary Ronan, Cincinnati public school system superintendent. “By encouraging our students to make salads for lunch with plenty of fresh vegetables and fruits, we’ll be teaching healthy eating habits that will keep students alert in classes and serve them well all their lives.”

Besides Aguirre, others in attendance at the May 10 donation included U.S. Representatives Steve Driehaus, D-Ohio, and Jean Schmidt R-Ohio, and United Fresh president and chief executive officer Tom Stenzel.

Schools in the Washington, D.C., area also are being considered for donations of salad bars in coming weeks, said Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition for United Fresh. Several large contributions from fresh produce companies will pay for more salad bars in the coming months, she said.