Minnesota is supporting the national Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative www.saladbars2schools.org/
Schools: Interested in getting a salad bar for your lunchroom?
Supporters: Are you interested in helping kids in your community eat healthier?
The Minnesota Department of Health and the Minnesota Department of Education are working with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, a national campaign to connect donors and schools with the goal of getting a free salad bar in every school that wants one.
Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools makes it easy for schools to connect with donors without any of the usual fundraising challenges, allowing them to focus on the kids. School information
Meanwhile, Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools makes it easy for donors to connect not only to their school of choice, but to schools that are prepared and enthusiastic.Supporter information
Why all the buzz about salad bars?
- Kids eat more fruits and vegetables when they have options. Since most children are not eating enough on a given day, this is a great opportunity to help them meet their nutritional needs.
- Meal participation tends to increase when school lunch programs have a salad bar, which could mean more money for your program.
- Plate waste decreases when kids are allowed to choose what they are going to eat. Salad bars can be a cost effective way to meet lunch standards and all food components can be served.
- Finally, salad bars are a perfect place to showcase fresh foods from your local farmer.
"Having more salad bars in schools will help make the choice of healthy foods such as fruits and vegetables the easiest choice.”--William Dietz, M.D., Ph.D., director of the Division of Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.