Growing Up Fresh

The United Fresh Start Foundation is focused on one core mission — to increase children’s access to fresh fruits and vegetables.

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School Foodservice Forum

The United Fresh Start Foundation’s School Foodservice Forum is the annual gathering of school foodservice directors and the fresh produce industry, to share new products and packaging, promote best practices, troubleshoot challenges, and establish relationships so that schools can successfully provide fresh fruits and vegetables to their students.

This year, the tradition of welcoming the K-12 school nutrition professionals to collaborate with the produce industry took place during United Fresh LIVE! the week of June 15-19 and now can be accessed on-demand through the platform. Registration is FREE through September 1. Login and access the on-demand sessions as well as visit the exhibitors who offer school friendly products.

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On-demand education sessions include:

  • School Meals 101 Meets COVID-19: Opportunities for Fresh Produce in K-12 School Nutrition Programs
  • Selling to Schools: Understanding Fruit and Vegetable Requirements in K-12 Foodservice
  • Continuing a Culinary Focus: Prioritizing Fruits and Veggies Before, During and After COVID-19
  • School Meals During COVID-19: Creative Approaches to Ensuring Students Get Their Fresh Fruits and Veggies
  • The Future of Fresh Produce in Schools: A State Agency Perspective

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Kid-Friendly Products

School nutrition professionals and retailers looking for kid-friendly produce items can explore the United Fresh LIVE! virtual expo. Check out the Featured Kid Products guide and then visit the coordinating booths in the platform. You can also use keywords such as, “Kids”, “Kid-friendly”, “K-12”, and “School Foodservice” to find produce that may be of the greatest interest.VIEW FEATURED KID PRODUCTS

 

The History

The United Fresh Start Foundation has always welcomed school foodservice leaders at the United Fresh Produce Association Annual Convention.

In 2013, to celebrate a produce industry-led campaign that provided schools with salad bars, the Foundation arranged for 30 school foodservice directors to attend the United Fresh Convention. There, they met with produce industry donors and explored innovative produce varieties, new fresh-cut options, and foodservice packaging solutions at the trade show. The School Foodservice Forum was born.

The United Fresh Start Foundation now hosts over 50 leading K-12 school foodservice directors at the convention each year.

School attendees include foodservice administrators from the nation’s largest school districts and school nutrition leaders who are committed to incorporating a variety of fresh fruits and vegetables in school meals and snacks.

For more information on the School Foodservice Forum, contact Andrew Marshall, Director, Foodservice & Foundation Partnerships, at 202.303.3407.