Nov 27, 2012 2:10 PM by Kelly Orsini, KSBY News

Local produce company donates salad bars to schools

A Guadalupe-based produce company has donated salad bars to 10 elementary schools in the Santa Maria-Bonita School District.

Apio, Inc. says the salad bars were donated to support Let's Move Salad Bars to California Schools, a special campaign of the non-profit United Fresh Foundation. Apio says the salad bars will benefit 7,000 local students by providing a variety of fruits and vegetables every day at lunch.

The 10 elementary schools receiving salad bars include: Adams, Alvin, Arellanes, Battles, Bonita, Fairlawn, Miller, Oakley, Ontiveros and Tunnell Elementary Schools.

Apio CEO Ron Midyett recently visited Adams Elementary School to see the salad bar.

"Salad bars are an excellent tool to teach students to eat more fruits and vegetables. We are creating tomorrow's consumers; teaching kids to enjoy fresh fruits and vegetables as part of their daily diet makes for a healthier community," Midyett said.

Apio has donated 25 salad bars to schools over the last two years.

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