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Why Should Schools Have Salad Bars?

Why Should Schools Have Salad Bars?

Over ten years ago, when I was the Director of Nutrition Services at Berkeley Unified School District, I implemented Salad Bars in every school in the district for all of our K-12 students. When I began the program, there was a fair amount of “push-back.” I heard statements like; “little…

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…

The Facts About Salad Bars

The Facts About Salad Bars

How to win over naysayers and show them it can be done

By: Beth Collins

These days, it’s a lot harder to argue against using a salad bar in a school program than it once was. The USDA has backed salad bars as one of the most efficient ways schools can meet…

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…

Get A Salad Bar in Your School Faster!

Get A Salad Bar in Your School Faster!

Fundraising on your own behalf

by: Emily Miller

At Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S), we are dedicated to donating salad bars to U.S. schools so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. We encourage school districts nationwide to apply for one (or more!) of our 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…

Mt. Diablo’s Thirty-Two Salad Bars and Counting

Mt. Diablo’s Thirty-Two Salad Bars and Counting

By: Emily Miller

Mt. Diablo Unified School District in northern California has a devilishly good salad bar program thanks to the hard work and dedication of Food Service Director Anna Fisher. Fisher, who began her career as a clinical dietitian, transitioned to school food service 19 years ago and hasn’t looked…

Developing Fresh Relationships with Local Producers

Developing Fresh Relationships with Local Producers

Stocking Your Salad Bar

By: Beth Collins

The winter has been very persistent where I live up in the northwest corner of Michigan’s mitten, but right around this time I start dreaming of planting seeds and gardens. Our farmers, however, have been working their winter plans since their last harvest of the…

New Jersey Serves Up Education and Creativity

New Jersey Serves Up Education and Creativity

Instead of insisting that students take one fruit or vegetable each day at lunch, West New York School District (WNYSD) students willingly fill their lunch trays with healthy produce. Occasionally, Sal Valenza, the WNYSD nutrition services director, will point to a student’s tray and ask: “Are you sure you’re going…

Laying it on the Line

Laying it on the Line

Vegetable and Fruit Placement for your Salad Bar

By: Beth Collins

In our last blog we discussed salad bar location ‒ where it’s placed within the lunchroom. Before the hot line? Integrated into the service line? After the hot line? Before the POS? Every school site is different and presents different challenges…

Location, Location, Location

Location, Location, Location

When a district is first considering reconfiguring their menu planning to include a salad bar (aka “harvest”, “veggie,” “fruit and veggie,” and “garden” bar) the concept alone is very attractive. Why? The salad bar assists in meeting the vegetable subgroup requirement, it offers that coveted “student choice” we always talk…

Bristol, Vermont’s Abundant Salad Bar Program

Bristol, Vermont’s Abundant Salad Bar Program

From School Gardens to Slice-and-Dice Competitions: Addison Northeast Food Service Cooperative (ANFSC)

Number of kids enrolled at ANFSC: 1,600
Number of schools in district: 6
Percentage who are free and reduced: 40%
Number of local farms worked with in a given year: 10
Kids’ favorite local produce: Berries, apples, carrots, peppers

Walking away from the salad…

Salad Bar Leads to Bright Futures at Cardinal Ritter

Salad Bar Leads to Bright Futures at Cardinal Ritter

An interview with Misti Figueroa, Food Service Director

When Misti Figueroa made the career switch from restaurant chef to Food Service Director for Cardinal Ritter High School in Indiana, she discovered the lunch menu was, well, “simplistic” at best.

After years of being a professional chef, she felt there were not nearly as…

Kittery School District – The Year of the Salad Bar

Kittery School District – The Year of the Salad Bar

Number of kids served at KSD: 1013
Percentage who qualify for free and reduced-priced meals: 35%
Annual number of local farms partners: 4 farms
Kids’ favorite local produce: beans, tomatoes, cucumbers, and leafy greens

A year has passed since Kittery School District in Maine received three brand new salad bars from Let’s Move Salad…

Paving the Way for School District Champions

Paving the Way for School District Champions

An interview with school food service expert Tim Cipriano

Chef Tim Cipriano started his career in the kitchen as a child, but who wouldn’t with a great grandmother nicknamed “Nana Noodles”? Tim spent many years working in restaurants before starting a family. It was at that pivotal point in his life that…

United Community Schools Tracks the Miles on Their Salad Bar

United Community Schools Tracks the Miles on Their Salad Bar

School nurse and food services director of Iowa’s United Community Schools, Lori Good, is a firm believer in salad bars in schools. Her approach to gaining acceptance from the students focuses on nutrition as well as many other aspects of health and wellness.

United Community Schools recently adopted a Mileage Club…

Preparation Makes Perfect at Minneapolis Public School District

Preparation Makes Perfect at Minneapolis Public School District

When Culinary and Nutrition Service Director Bertrand Weber joined Minneapolis Public Schools (MPS) two and a half years ago, implementing a salad bar program was a top priority. The food service model within the district was 100% pre-packed, centrally prepared, and delivered in trays—vegetables included. (Picture soggy green beans and…

Mount Horeb Area School District Serves Up Local

Mount Horeb Area School District Serves Up Local

An Interview with Michelle Denk, Food Services Director

Schools are doing local food right all across the country. For Mount Horeb Area School District in Wisconsin, it’s not a new idea. Food Services Director Michelle Denk says they’ve had a Harvest of the Month program for ten years. Now armed with…

Experience our New Site

Experience our New Site

Hello and welcome to the new Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) website! First, you’ve already discovered our revamped blog, The Mix, where we will keep you updated on news, stories, and tips for salad bar success. Next, we recommend visiting our Get a Salad Bar section that has a…