IFCO Donates Five Salad Bars to Detroit Schools

Thu. October 9th, 2014 - by Jordan Okumura

DETROIT, MI – Almost 2,000 school children in the Romulus Community School District will now have better access to fresh produce, thanks to IFCO's generous donation through United Fresh's Let's Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools campaign. In all, IFCO has now donated five salad bars to schools throughout the district.

“IFCO has a long and strong history of corporate social responsibility, particularly in the area of helping to make high quality fresh produce available to school kids,” said Dan Walsh, President of IFCO North America. “We proudly support organizations that promote initiatives impacting the everyday lives of people in the communities we serve, such as United Fresh’s salad bar initiative, Forgotten Harvest, a food bank in the greater Detroit area, and related food safety initiatives.”

Tom Stenzel, President & CEO

“IFCO continues to be an excellent partner in our efforts to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables,” shared Tom Stenzel, President & CEO of United Fresh Produce Association. “This donation to the Romulus Community Schools is a perfect example of a public-private partnership to educate students in their formative years about the importance of eating fresh produce and establishing healthy eating habits.”

In the end, the real winners in this story were the students, who will now have greater access to the fruits and vegetables which are so key to healthy development. Kathleen Norred, Food Service Director of the Romulus Community Schools, expressed her gratitude to IFCO for its generosity towards the students under her care.

“The students, teachers, administrators and parents in Romulus deeply appreciate the donation of salad bars by IFCO,” she said. “They will help support our goal of ingraining good eating habits starting at a very young age with the hope they will last throughout our student’s lives.”

According to a press release, the following schools will be receiving salad bars during the start of the 2014-2015 school year:

  • Romulus Middle School, 716 students
  • Cory Pre-School, 95 students
  • Wick Elementary School, 383 students
  • Romulus Elementary School, 414 students
  • Hale Creek Elementary School, 289 students

United Fresh's Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign has donated salad bars to over 3,500 schools, improving the lives of nearly 2 million students. The Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools is a subcampaign of this movement, designed to focus special attention on schools in Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.


United Fresh Foundation