To make a larger impact among school districts in need, the 5th Annual Tour de Fresh benefited four districts in key regions across the country. The chosen districts have each requested 10 or more salad bars and each serves communicates with low-income families. By donating to the 2018 Tour de Fresh, you have helped make each of these districts each reach their goals.
Get to know the foodservice champions that have benefited from the 2018 ride:
Vista Unified School District (CA)
Vista Unified School District, located in Vista, California, serves sections of northern San Diego County. Vista is committed to farm to school and their goal is to expand salad bars to all schools in their district. Learn more about Vista Unified School District by clicking their logo.
Jamie Phillips, SNS
Director of Child Nutrition Services
Vista Unified School District
“Since taking over as Director of Nutrition Services in late 2016, it has been a mission of mine to bring as many fresh fruits and vegetables to students as possible. Vista Unified’s WaveCrest Café has been very fortunate to offer a featured “Harvest of the Month” in the classroom since 2007 and we also feature that item on the salad bars for the day. I can’t wait to see the excitement on the students’ faces when they see the new salad bars with these products. Thank you to all of the riders that are taking the time out of their busy schedules to fundraise for new salad bars for Vista Unified’s WaveCrest Café.”
Pueblo City Schools (CO)
Pueblo City Schools is a former recipient of salad bars from the 2016 and 2017 Tour de Fresh, and currently has 13 schools participating in the Fresh Fruit and Vegetable Program (FFVP). Their foodservice director is very influential in the school nutrition community, and is grateful for your support to provide a salad bar to their 10 remaining schools! Learn more about Pueblo City Schools by clicking their logo below.
Jill Kidd, MS, RD, SNS
Director of Nutrition Services
Pueblo City Schools
“The children of Pueblo City Schools don't always have the opportunity to select from a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables at home. We have been able to install 10 salad or “garden bars” over the past 3 years and we’ve found that through them, students are adventurous and try new taste sensations. The salad bars provided through the Tour de Fresh will expand the opportunity for our children to serve themselves healthy fresh produce and encourage mores students to eat healthy meals. Thank you to the riders for making it possible to offer children in our schools the opportunity to select from 6 delicious fruits and vegetables each day!”
Laredo Independent School District (TX)
Laredo Independent School District serves the south central portion of Laredo, TX. The foodservice director is last year’s United Fresh Produce Excellence in Foodservice Awards Program winner and we’re excited to continue supporting this district. Learn more about Laredo Independent School District by clicking their logo below.
Robert Cuellar, Jr., MPH
Child Nutrition Program Director
Laredo Independent School District
“On behalf of all the 23,864 plus students in Laredo ISD that walk into our cafeteria doors on a daily basis waiting to receive a healthy, nutritious and balanced meal, I send a "Big Thank You!! "Un Gran Abrazo!" to all the Tour de Fresh cyclists for their selfless dedication and support in providing salad bars to our students! This is a great avenue for students who do not always have the economic means to empower themselves to try healthy, fresh produce that may not be available at home.”
Fairfax County Public Schools (VA)
The director in Fairfax is known as “the guy” who started salad bars in schools in an effort to help younger generations develop health eating habits for life. He’s originally from California, but two years ago he became the foodservice director for the Fairfax Public Schools in Virginia which is the 10th largest district in the country. Learn more about Fairfax by clicking their logo below.
Director, Food and Nutrition Services
Fairfax County Public Schools
“We are working on placing salads in all 141 elementary schools in FCPS because we believe students will make healthy choices when given the opportunity. We are grateful to all the sponsors and riders who participate in the Tour de Fresh for their support to transform school food and help us create a generation of lifelong healthy eaters.”