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Salad Bar Successes
"The salad bars have been a fantastic addition. We have intentionally targeted schools in areas considered low-income or "food deserts," and the response from students has really been positive. I was initially concerned that we would have to persuade kids to take fresh fruits and vegetables from the bar, but we've actually had to do the opposite."
—Brian Giles, Director of Food Services, Houston Independent School District, TX
"The salad bars have been extremely successful in New Haven. Salad bars have been fully implemented in all of our 47 schools and are used to offer a variety of fresh vegetables every school day to all students. We have been able to use the salad bars as an educational tool to expose students to vegetables that they may not be used to seeing at home on a regular basis. We have been pleasantly surprised to see an increase in consumption of certain vegetables that you might not think would be kid favorites, such as chickpeas, spinach, and beets."
—Sarah Maver, RN, School Wellness Dietician, New Have Public Schools, CT
"Having a salad bar in each of Cincinnati Public Schools has been a tremendous benefit for our students. Many of our students live in "food deserts" where there is not access to fresh fruits and vegetables. Our salad bar gives these students the opportunity to have fresh produce -- such as romaine lettuce, grape tomatoes, sugar snap peas, kiwis, and globe grapes —every day."
—Jessica Shelly, Food Services Director, Cincinnati Public Schools, OH
"Through the very generous offer you have made, Student Nutrition is looking forward to offering salad bars in 15 of our elementary schools. Studies have proven this is the age group that really makes a difference! We are all very excited about the opportunity to provide fresh, healthier options to our elementary students. Thank you very much. This will make a difference in the lives of many of our students."
—Ardene Eaton, Director of Student Nutrition, Anchorage School District, AL
"I receive comments all the time from students, staff and parents about how great our salad bars look and how they love all the fresh fruits and veggies. Just like adults, kids eat with their eyes first. Salad bars are the best way to present produce visually, which leads to more students selecting additional fresh fruits and veggies and increased consumption. Thank you for supporting the students of D6!"
—Jeremy West, Nutrition Service Director, Greeley-Evans Weld County School District 6, CO
"These salad bars are a real blessing to our district. Our students enjoy being able to self-serve the fruits (both fresh and canned) and fresh, raw vegetables. These new bars make the presentation much more attractive. Therefore, our students are more likely to eat the fruits and vegetables. With the salad bars, it is easier to meet the new requirements for increased fruit and vegetables. Thanks for helping us meet the new nutritional requirements. Keep this program going!!!"
—Pat H. Farris, Supervisor of School Food Services, St. Tammany Parish School Board, Covington, LA
"Salad Bars continue to serve as "the" catalyst in transforming school food service. Salad bars have proven an effective vehicle in helping to modify student eating behaviors, and getting students to consume more fresh fruit and vegetables. And they have demonstrated themselves to be an important tool in the combat against childhood obesity"
—Rodney Taylor, Director of Food Services, Riverside Unified School District, CA
America – it's time to eat a salad every day!
We're making it possible for kids by raising $5,000,000 to fund 2,000 salad bars for schools.
America's obesity crisis is a raw truth, we've got a fresh idea for doing something about it. We invite everyone in America to take this one effective, affordable step toward a healthier nation.
Eating a common sense salad every day could easily reduce the average American diet by 100 calories per day. That would amount to a 10lb body weight difference in 1 year!
Kids with access to a salad bar eat 3 times the fruits and vegetables as children without.
Salad of the Week
Paige Alms' Dropping Jaws Kale Salad
"This is my favorite salad because I absolutely love having a fresh and yummy salad that is nutritionally good for you..."