IFCO Donation Benefits Detroit-Area Schools

 1,800 students in the Romulus (MI) Community School District will benefit from IFCO’s donation of salad bars

LBSBTS_logo.3.bIt all starts with the kids. When we are looking to shape healthy and responsible decisions and behaviors, it is important to start young. This is a theme I have heard repeatedly of late in interviews with recycling thought leaders about how communities can boost their recycling rates – begin shaping those behaviors in school.

When it comes to ingraining healthy eating habits, the same approach holds true. and IFCO’s salad bar donations should be applauded.

IFCO SYSTEMS, the leading global provider of reusable packaging solutions, is donating salad bars to five Romulus Community Schools, which are located southwest of Detroit. IFCO’s donations are being made in coordination with the United Fresh Foundation’s Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools campaign, which works to increase children’s access to and consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables in Illinois, Indiana, Michigan, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“The students, teachers, administrators and parents in Romulus deeply appreciate the donation of salad bars by IFCO. 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,” says Kathleen Norred, Food Service Director, Romulus Community Schools.

“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. 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,” explains Dan Walsh, President of IFCO North America.

Salad bars were implemented at the following schools at the start of the 2014-15 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.

The salad bars were arranged through a partnership with the United Fresh Foundation <http://www.unitedfresh.org/>  to support the organization’sLet’s Move Salad Bars to Schools <http://www.saladbars2schools.org/> initiative, which is committed to increasing children’s produce consumption by working with the produce industry, foundations and allied businesses to support salad bars for schools nationwide.  In January 2014, the Foundation announced a special Midwest focus to their campaign, aligning the initiative with their annual produce industry convention in Chicago. Let’s Move Salad Bars to MIDWEST Schools, a special campaign under the umbrella of the national effort, is focused on supporting salad bars for schools in six Midwest states: Michigan, Illinois, Indiana, Minnesota, Ohio and Wisconsin.

“IFCO continues to be an excellent partner in our efforts to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables. 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,” states Tom Stenzel, President & CEO of United Fresh Produce Association.

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools has facilitated the donation of salad bars to more than 3,500 schools, benefiting nearly 2 million students every day. Nationwide, salad bars are changing school food environments and helping students make the healthy choice, the easy choice.