March 23, 2011
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Chiquita supports Sustainable & Organic Kids program at Cincinnati Museum Center
CINCINNATI—Cincinnati Museum Center is excited to welcome one of our newest business partners, Chiquita Brands. Chiquita has pledged $5,000 to support a custom-designed program to support Chiquita’s corporate philanthropy focus on nutrition and the environment through the Sustainable & Organic Kids program series, presented by our Duke Energy Children’s Museum.
This support marks a partnership between Chiquita and Cincinnati Museum Center that builds on the growing importance of sustainability, which has prompted both organizations to take action in preparing future generations to lead healthy and environmentally conscious lifestyles.
“The Cincinnati Museum Center is renowned for its rich, creative-learning environment,” said Fernando Aguirre, Chiquita chairman and chief executive officer. “This program serves children at the optimal age to form healthy nutrition habits that will last a lifetime. We are proud to advance our goal to improve world nutrition by empowering thousands of children in our backyard with better childhood nutrition and the care of our environment through sustainable gardening.”
The Sustainable & Organic Kids program, presented by the Duke Energy Children’s Museum, offers hands-on learning activities for children 12 years and younger. Comprised of fun and educational activities, the program series focuses on topics such as nutrition, gardening, nature, art, and the environment.
“Cincinnati Museum Center is dedicated to inspiring lifelong learning,” said Tony Lawson, director of the Duke Energy Children’s Museum. “By providing fun and interactive learning opportunities to youth, we can encourage future generations to take care of both the environment and themselves.”
The programs expect to host 5,000 children this year. Upcoming programs include:
• Bright Ideas: Window Box Gardens- March 26, 11 a.m.
• Young at Art: Watershed Art- March 29, 3 p.m.
• Super Sprouts: Victory Gardens- April 18, 11 a.m. and April 21, 2 p.m.
• Super Sprouts: Arbor Day- April 25, 11 a.m. and April 28, 2 p.m.
• Victory Garden Posters- May 15 and 22, 2 p.m.
• Green Journals- June 12 and 29, 3 p.m.
Many of the programs are free and open to the public. Visit www.cincymuseum.org for more information.
About Chiquita Brands International, Inc.
Chiquita Brands International, Inc. is a leading international marketer and distributor of high-quality fresh and value-added food products – from energy-rich bananas and other fruits to nutritious blends of convenient green salads. The company markets its healthy, fresh products under the Chiquita® and Fresh Express® premium brands and other related trademarks. With annual revenues of more than $3 billion, Chiquita employs approximately 21,000 people and has operations in nearly 70 countries worldwide. For more information, please visit www.chiquitabrands.com.
About Cincinnati Museum Center
Cincinnati Museum Center at Union Terminal is a nationally recognized institution dedicated to sparking community dialogue, insight and inspiration. As one of the top cultural attractions in the Midwest, Cincinnati Museum Center has served as an educational, research and entertainment resource to millions of visitors from around the world. Organizations within Museum Center include the Cincinnati History Museum, Duke Energy Children's Museum, the Museum of Natural History & Science, the Robert D. Lindner Family OMNIMAX® Theater, and the Cincinnati Historical Society Library. These organizations combine to serve more than one million visitors annually, reaching out to nearly 400,000 young people through hands-on exhibits and programs. Originally built in 1933 as a train station, Union Terminal stands as one of the last remaining grand-scale Art Deco style railroad terminals. The building is a National Historic Landmark and was renovated and reopened as Cincinnati Museum Center in 1990. For information, call 1-800-733-2077 or visit www.cincymuseum.org.