CHARLOTTE, N.C. - Harris Teeter is launching a campaign designed to bring salad bars to schools in the Harris Teeter market communities to support Let€™s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S). In collaboration with the United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, Fresh Express, and nine additional produce suppliers, Harris Teeter will donate salad bars to at least 10 schools. These salad bars will benefit more than 5,000 students by providing them a healthy lunch option filled with fresh produce.
Harris Teeter shoppers will also have the opportunity to bring salad bars to schools thru a "Text-to-Donate" campaign. Promotional materials and information will be found in all Harris Teeter stores August 19 through September 15. Shoppers can donate $5 by texting "SALAD" to 80077 or go to SaladBars2Schools.org to give securely online. The "Text-to-Donate" campaign will accept donations through October 11, 2012.
Fresh Express will match shopper donations up to $15,000. In addition to raising funds for LMSB2S, shoppers will find Harris Teeter€™s "Healthy Lunch 101," a produce guide providing parents with tips on how to pack more fruits and vegetables into their children€™s lunches.
"Salad bars are an effective way for schools to meet the new school lunch guidelines, which calls for doubling the amount of fruits and vegetables available to students at lunch," said Bob Stallman, general manager of Fresh Express, in a press release. "These efforts are in-line with our mission of Improving World Nutrition and support our commitment to making fresh produce convenient and accessible to the communities in which we live and work."
The salad bar donations will be made possible by the generous contributions of the following companies/individuals: Harris Teeter shoppers, Chiquita Brands, Alpine Fresh, Modern Mushrooms, Monterey Mushrooms, California Giant Berry Farms, Apio, Wholly Guacamole, National Mango Board, National Watermelon Promotion Board, Marie€™s Dressings and Harris Teeter.
To date, more than 1,600 salad bars have been donated to schools nationwide through LMSB2S.