The Grower-Shipper Association Foundation is a non-profit 501c(3) organization founded in 2003 that provides education and information on the agriculture industry as well as offering innovative programs to our community. We are to make our community aware of the positive impact agriculture makes to all our lives.
The Grower-Shipper Foundation’s project More Produce in Schools is a proactive, innovative solution to a serious local and national health problem. Monterey County’s community and children are not immune to the national obesity epidemic. Although surrounded by wholesome and healthy produce, local schools do not always have the resources or the information to properly feed our children with fresh produce necessary for a well-balanced and healthy diet. The Grower-Shipper Foundation is pursuing a solution by bridging connections between schools and the agriculture community for the health and wellness of the next generation. They solicit donations from ag companies and individuals to purchase salad bars for Monterey County schools. Their goal is to place at least three salad bars and host a nutrition summit.
I love that I had a salad bar at my elementary school and middle school. It helped me to choose a healthier option, and now I choose the salad bar in high school.
- Alexa Velazquez