A healthy salad bar in every school across America so all school kids may have access to fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins, every school day.
The time is ripe for 31 million schoolchildren. We need a solution and we need it now to deal with these unhealthy facts
According to The Center for Disease Control, children born in the year 2000, one-third will contract diabetes. And, these children will be the first in our country’s history to die at a younger age than their parents.
70.1 percent of Americans are overweight; 4.3 million children ages 10 – 14 will become overweight or obese in the next 24 months.
Rates of childhood obesity are soaring. About 12 percent of children ages 2 to 5 are obese compared with 17 percent of kids 6 to 11, and 18 percent of kids ages 12 to 19.i ii
“The number one thing any school can do to improve their school food is to add a healthy salad bar and allow children to make their own choices.” – Chef Ann Cooper, AKA The Renegade Lunch Lady and cofounder of The Lunch Box Project and Food, Family, Farming Foundation (F3)
The application process is short and easy, requiring information such as: tax identification number, enrollment, free and reduced participation percentage. The application will also ask for information about the foods you serve in school lunch and how your school food service will support the operation of the salad bar throughout the school year. Multiple choice questions will ask about the district’s/school’s current fruit and vegetable service, and readiness to handle the five big challenges in changing school food: food, finances, facilities, human resources, and marketing. When your school or district is approved it will get its own fundraising webpage on our site. Your school or district will be allowed one photo (your choice with our approval, logo, or mascot recommended) and space for a description of your school or district.
A critical part of the application is support and approval from the school‘s and district’s administrators. The application will require contact information and approval from the Superintendant, Principal, and Nutrition Service Director indicating their support for the salad bar implementation.
A portable 72 inch 5-well insulated salad bar with two tray slides; divider bars; four 4-inch deep full pans with covers; eight 4-inch deep half pans with covers; and eight 4-inch deep quarter pans with covers; five buffet chilling pads; 18 serving tongs; 18 serving spoons; four squeeze bottles; one cutting board; one chef’s knife; one paring knife; one peeler and one digital pocket thermometer. For more resources to plan your salad bar implementation go to The Lunch Box Salad Bar resources.
If you have any questions about Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org and include “Salad Bar Grant” in the subject line.
i NHANES data on the Prevalence of Overweight Among Children and Adolescents: United States, 2003–2006. CDC National Center for Health Statistics, Health E-Stat.
ii Ogden CL, Carroll MD, Flegal KM. High Body Mass Index for Age Among US Children and Adolescents, 2003–2006. JAMA 2008; 299:2401–2405.