Published on January 16th, 2012 | by Heather Carr3
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools
Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move” program is putting salad bars in schools. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools will put 6000 salad bars in schools across the U.S. by 2013.
Why Salad Bars?
Academic performance improves when children are well-nourished and well-fed. School children increase their intake of fruits and vegetables when given a variety of choices. Experience making choices in the school cafeteria can carry over into the rest of a kid’s life, promoting good health and reducing the chances of obesity.
Salad bars can help these goals by providing a place to serve fruits and vegetables and keeping them fresh during the lunch hours. The problem is that salad bars can be expensive to purchase and set up.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is helping to overcome the initial expense by granting 6000 schools a complete insulated salad bar with trays and utensils. So far, 1066 salad bars have been given to schools, serving 533,000 kids.
Who is Eligible for a Salad Bar?
Any K-12 school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply. A school must be willing to commit to using the salad bar every day in school lunch.
The Food Service Director of the school district must approve the application and the application must be submitted online.
School districts approved to receive a salad bar must then wait for the salad bar to be funded. School districts are not required to fundraise in order to receive the salad bar, but it can speed the process along.
A salad bar can go a long way toward improving school nutrition.