Schools all over the country are finding that school salad bars are a great way to showcase locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, legumes and grains. Kids love the bright colors and fruit and vegetable choices in the salad bar and often respond by trying new items. In fact, research has shown that school salad bars are an effective strategy for increasing kids’ daily consumption of fruits and vegetables. When salad bar ingredients are sourced from local producers, students get the added benefit of learning about where their food comes from.
Many school districts are either unaware of the benefits salad bars can bring to their students or have been unable to afford the basic equipment needed to adopt this strategy. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is creating the opportunity to make change.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a comprehensive grassroots public health effort to mobilize and engage stakeholders at the local, state and national level to support salad bars in schools. Our vision is to significantly increase salad bars in schools across the country until every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables every day at school. Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is an initiative of the Food Family Farming Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market to support First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! initiative. The goal of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools program is to fund and award 6,000 salad bars over the next three years.
Here are a few ways you can celebrate Farm to School Salad Bar Day:
- See the resources link on www.saladbars2schools.org for lots of information on how to use a salad bar in school cafeterias.
- Try the Rainbow Days activity with students from The Lunchbox http://saladbars2schools.org/pdf/rainbowdays.pdf . Think of all the ways you can incorporate locally grown produce into the activity.
- Don’t have a salad bar? Look for ways to fundraise for one. The cost for one from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is $2,625. You can also submit an application and LMSB2S will look for a sponsor match.
- Download a LMSB2S badge to your website or send an eCard to show your commitment to salad bars in schools http://www.cdc.gov/obesity/resources/multimedia.html .
Here are some social media posts you can use to spread the word about today’s theme and Farm to School Month:
What’s the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign about? Find out on today’s #F2SMonth Theme of the Day page: http://ow.ly/efVQlTwitter:
Starting this year, 32 million students will be served more fruits & vegetables every school day! http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/healthierschoolday/default.htm
Salad bars help schools meet the new fruit & vegetable requirements. Does your school have one? http://saladbars2schools.org/
School meals matter & the school day just got healthier! Has your child noticed the changes? http://www.fns.usda.gov/cnd/healthierschoolday/default.htm
Is your child eating the right amount of fruits and vegetables daily? Don’t know? Find out! http://www.cdc.gov/nutrition/everyone/fruitsvegetables/howmany.html
Today’s theme partner is Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.