$170,000 in Total Raised to Bring Salad Bars to Schools!


On July 27th, 2017,  Cristen Bonz and Morgan Howe-Cobb rode across the Tour de Fresh finish line in Monterey, California. 

Cristen and Morgan are just two of the 55 riders who rode approximately 300 miles through California over three days in a collaborated effort to support the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program and donate salad bars to schools all over America.  The journey is not an easy one – months of training and preparation lead up to rigorous riding and tough terrain challenges. But the trade-off is well worth it. Tour de Fresh not only contributes to the betterment of health and wellness of America’s youth, but succeeds in bringing the produce industry as whole together for a common goal; therefore, building comradery and highlighting what makes us all truly passionate about the work we do.

Although Sakata has participated in Tour de Fresh for the past three years, this is the first year that we doubled our fundraising commitment and created a goal of $7,000 – enough money to donate a salad bar to two different schools. Cristen and Morgan, along with the support of Sakata staff, friends, family, and a fantastic bike raffle donated by fellow Sakata team member, Mara Trammell’s husband, Kenny, owner of Valley Bikes in Salinas, raised over $11,000!  Enough for not two, but three new state of the art salad bars.

In a few months, the ladies will proudly present salad bars to Cheney School District 360 & Eatonville School District of Washington state.