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Ingredients for Salad Bar Success

Ingredients for Salad Bar Success

How one Georgia school district brought salad bars to all their schools.
By: Laura Peuquet

School Nutrition Director Wimberly Brackett knew that if she could place salad bars in all Dalton Public Schools, both kids and staff would eat more whole, fresh foods. She was also confident that she could lead her…

Picketing for Produce

Picketing for Produce

Elementary Students Protest for Salad Bar Access

By: Molly Brown

Green and orange signs filled the air in the Bates Academy cafeteria. The students of this K-8 school made their voices heard, but not in the typical way you’d imagine for young children. No, the third- through fifth-graders here engaged in a…

Making Fresh Foods the New Norm

Making Fresh Foods the New Norm

For three elementary schools in Washington, fresh produce from the salad bar has become the new norm.

When it comes to making changes to school lunch options around the country, food service directors are often met with resistance from staff, parents, and students.  However, Patrick Garmong from Ellensburg, WA didn’t let…

A Salad Bar’s Larger Impact

A Salad Bar’s Larger Impact

How a Salad Bar Helped Save One School

By: Emily Gallivan

School salad bars may live in the cafeteria, but the impact they have on the school reaches well beyond the lunchroom doors. Food service professionals working within the cafeteria as well as staff, administrators, and teachers outside of it can…

Expanding Farm to School through Salad Bars

Expanding Farm to School through Salad Bars

By: Emily Gallivan

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools is excited to be celebrating National Farm to School Month this October, paying homage to the hard work and dedication of food service professionals, farmers and educators across the country who are connecting their communities with fresh, healthy and local food. And what…

Lunchtime in Laredo

Lunchtime in Laredo

Making Salad Bars Work Against All Odds

By Carly Olson

“The weather is changing a little bit down here… getting a bunch of rain but we’re still keeping our kids healthy, especially with our salad bars!” Robert Cuellar’s voice is cheerful and enthusiastic as he begins to describe his school’s vibrant salad…

Making Farm to School Work for your Salad Bars

Making Farm to School Work for your Salad Bars

In Celebration of National Farm to School Month

By Emily Miller

Picture your child walking into the school lunchroom on their first day back to school. The doors swing open and what do they see? A salad bar brimming with fresh from the farm fruits and vegetables. Juicy grape tomatoes, red bell…

Salad Bars and Farm to School: A Healthy Match

Salad Bars and Farm to School: A Healthy Match

An Interview with San Diego Unified School District

By: Emily Miller

Salad bars are the heart of the meal program at San Diego Unified School District, and with the bountiful farm-fresh harvest of Southern California right on their doorstep, it’s easy to understand why. Since 2006, San Diego USD has been introducing…

Small Districts Can Find Big Success with Salad Bars

Small Districts Can Find Big Success with Salad Bars

by: Emily Miller

The date is May 5, 2014. It’s lunchtime at Wethersfield CUSD #230 in Illinois and excitement is in the air. The two-school district has just received two brand new salad bars, one sized for k-6 students, the other for grades 7-12, and today is their big debut. Food service director…