On Wednesday, approximately 25,000 children will have access to more fresh fruits and vegetables thanks to the team at California Giant Berry Farms, riders, volunteers, crew, sponsors and supporters of the Tour de Fresh.
Together on a ride from Carmel to Anaheim, averaging about 90 miles of cycling per day, the riders of Tour de Fresh and the folks supporting and sponsoring them raised over $175,000 to put salad bars in schools via the United Fresh Start Foundation.
The riders were joined at the finish line by Senator Ling Ling Chang of the 29th District of California who spoke about the need for fresh produce in schools and legislative opportunities for our industry to participate in.
Anaheim City Council Member Stephen Faessel from District 5 also spoke to share sentiments about his father, who was in the citrus business, and how important efforts like Tour de Fresh are for local school children who often eat 2 - 3 meals a day at school.
To say these dedicated riders and industry colleagues inspire us would be an understatement! We are so proud to call each of them friends for a cause that is so important to battling the hunger crisis in America amongst school-aged children.
If Tour de Fresh is able to raise $175,000 again in 2020, the philanthropic event will have donated more than one million dollars since its inception to place salad bars in schools! Join us in helping make this milestone a reality. The 2020 Tour de Fresh will take place in July aligned with PMA Foodservice, so make sure to visit TourdeFresh.com to subscribe to receive updates once 2020 sponsor information becomes available.