The United Fresh Produce Association plans to bring school nutrition experts to Capitol Hill to brief Congressional staff on the benefits of salad bars as a path to increase students’ access to fruits and vegetables.

The briefings are set for Dec. 3, and Dec. 4 in Washington, D.C., said Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health for the United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C.

DiSogra will take part in the briefings of key Congressional staff, along with planned appearances by:

  • Esperanza Zendejas, superintendent, Alisal Unified School District, Salinas, Calif.;
  • Harvinder Sareen, director, Clinical Programs, WellPoint, Inc., Camarillo, Calif.;
  • Wendy Slusser, medical director, UCLA FIT for Healthy Weight Program, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital, Los Angeles.;
  •  Linda Moore, executive director, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.; and
    • Paris Jones, student government president, Elsie Whitlow Stokes Public Charter School, Washington, D.C.

    In a memo to United Fresh members, the group said the hearings will be in both the House and Senate and will feature United Fresh’s priorities for the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation. The briefings will also serve to educate staffers about Rep. Sam Farr’s (D-Calif.) soon-to-be-introduced Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Act of 2009.

      United Fresh schedules school salad bar briefings