(UPDATED COVERAGE, May 4)

Western Growers, Irvine, Calif., is supporting an initiative to teach Californians how to shop for healthy foods.

UPDATED: Western Growers supports healthy eating events

Dawn Withers


Produce was on display during the Network for a Healthy California's health event at Arteaga’s Super Saver Market in Salinas May 1.

Starting in May, Fruit and Veggie Fest events are scheduled at grocery stores in low-income areas throughout the state. The Network for a Healthy California retail program sponsors the events, with support from Western Growers, according to a news release.

The second annual event in Salinas on May 1 featured booths from local community and health organizations providing information about eating healthy and incorporating more produce into meals. The event was at Arteaga’s Super Saver Market.

At the Fruit and Veggie Fest events, shoppers can participate in food demonstrations, sampling of California produce, store tours, physical activity demonstrations, such as yoga and dancing, according to the release.

Events are scheduled in stores in Chico, Compton, Costa Mesa, Exeter, Gilroy, Los Angeles, Oceanside, Oxnard, Perris, Riverside, Sacramento, San Jose and Ukiah.