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 studentsâ 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.;
Wendy Slusser, medical director, UCLA FIT for Healthy Weight Program, UCLA Mattel Childrenâs 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 Freshâs priorities for the upcoming Child Nutrition Reauthorization legislation. The briefings will also serve to educate staffers about Rep. Sam Farrâs (D-Calif.) soon-to-be-introduced Childrenâs Fruit and Vegetable Act of 2009.