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Del Monte Fresh Produce gave the Miami Heat a valuable assist with a recent back-to-school event hosted for students and teachers of Orange Brook Elementary in Broward County, Fla.
Heat player Norris Cole and Del Monte Fresh Produce staff, along with Office Depot and other supporters, distributed 900 sack-packs filled with school supplies as they entered the school early in the morning.
The Coral Gables, Fla.-based Del Monte Fresh distributed promotional materials while its banana mascots took pictures with students and parents.
“It is important that we keep fruit top of mind and help teach children at a young age about the importance of eating healthy,” said Dennis Christou, VP of marketing, Del Monte Fresh Produce N.A. As the official fresh fruit provider for the famed NBA team, Christou added: “It only makes sense that we be involved with the community in these types of events, where we can reach the younger demographics, and get them eating healthy early.”
Orange Brook Elementary is one of South Florida’s highest scoring Title I schools in Broward County with a long history of success on the Florida Comprehensive Assessment Test (FCAT). Orange Brook Elementary has received an "A” school grade consecutively for the past nine years. Accordingly, the school was selected by the Miami Heat because of its great academic accomplishments and the strong support it receives from the community and dedicated staff.
Fresh Del Monte Produce Inc. is one of the world’s leading vertically integrated producers, marketers and distributors of fresh and fresh-cut fruit and vegetables, as well as a leading producer and distributor of prepared food in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the countries formerly part of the Soviet Union.