From Washington DC

From Washington DC

July 9, 2013

Broccoli Is a Favorite Food in the White House

Good News for California Broccoli Growers 

“We’re very pleased to hear that President Barack Obama has named broccoli his favorite food at today’s White House Kids’ State Dinner. We appreciate the emphasis on good nutrition and healthful eating that the president and First Lady Michelle Obama have made, and their efforts surely have made an impact on the children who were at the special event today, as well as countless others across the country. It is important for all of us to remember that all fruits and vegetables are an important part of any healthy diet,” said Ray Gilmer, United Fresh vice president of issues management & communication.

President Obama was asked about his favorite food at the second annual Kids' State Dinner, which was actually a luncheon in the East Room of the White House. As part of the First Lady’s Let's Move initiative, children were invited to submit their original recipes and one from each state was selected to attend.

United Fresh is a founding partner in Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, a program that supports the First Lady’s Let's Move! initiative to end childhood obesity within a generation. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools aims to increase children’s consumption of fresh fruit and vegetables, and to date, has donated more than 2,500 salad bars to schools across the country to reach that goal.

Salad bars have been demonstrated as a proven strategy for significantly increasing children's produce consumption and creating healthy eating habits that last a lifetime. For more information, please visit

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