February 9, 2011
Chicago Public Schools and Chiquita Brands International, Inc. joined forces today with the United Fresh Foundation in support of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign by dedicating a new salad bar for students at Bernhard Moos Elementary School, 1711 N. California Avenue.
Louise Esaian, CPS head of Nutrition Support Services, joined Chiquita’s Chairman and CEO Fernando Aguirre, CPS Deputy CEO of External Affairs and Partnerships Barbara Lumpkin, United Fresh Produce’s Lorelie Disogra and Moos Principal Maria Cruz for the dedication.
The announcement comes on the first anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative to fight childhood obesity. In addition to the new salad bar at Moos, salad bars have been added at nine other CPS schools through a donation by Chiquita and United Fresh Produce Association. This donation is part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to School program and is in support of the Let’s Move! initiative.
There are currently 72 salad bars at CPS elementary schools; by year’s end, CPS expects to have salad bars in more than 110 schools.
“The salad bars will expand the nutritious options available to our students. The introduction of salad bars is yet another tool to educate school children and impact their dietary habits, hopefully shaping their lifelong approach to healthy eating,” said Esaian, head of Nutrition Support Services. Esaian added that the salad bars are a complement to CPS’ nutritional guidelines, which already exceed USDA and HealthierUS Gold Standards.
“On the first anniversary of First Lady Michelle Obama’s bipartisan initiative to fight childhood obesity, Chiquita is proud to be at the forefront of providing children increased access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” said Aguirre. “Chiquita’s donation of salad bars to Chicago Public Schools advances our sustained commitment to helping children live healthier lives. At Chiquita, providing all consumers with convenient and fresh products is part of our vision of a healthier world; helping children reach that goal is one of our top priorities.”
The Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign is a public health initiative working in support of the Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of the campaign is to significantly increase salad bars and bring fruit and vegetables to schools across the country. Chiquita has been a leading company in donations of salad bars to the schools.
“We are thrilled that Chicago Public Schools, the nation’s third largest school system, has made a commitment to salad bars as a way of increasing student’s fruit and vegetable consumption,” said DiSogra. “Salad bars are an effective strategy for improving the healthfulness of school meals and the eating habits of students. Chicago Public Schools is a leader in Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, and we thank Chiquita and CPS for their valuable teamwork.”
Other CPS schools receiving one of the donated salad bars include: Amos A. Stagg, Martha M. Ruggles, McCormick, Jose De Diego, John D. Shoop Math-Science Tech, Charles G. Hammond, Cuffe Math-Science Tech, Hampton Elementary Fine & Performing Arts and John L. Marsh.
Backers of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools have set a goal of building 6,000 salad bars in schools across the country over the next three years. More information about the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign can be found at www.saladbars2schools.org.
Chicago Public Schools serves 409,279 students in 675 schools. It is the nation’s third-largest school district.