The Salad Bars to School programme has reached a significant landmark, having donated sald bars to over 5,000 schools across 50 US states.
The public private partnership founded by United Fresh Start Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Chef Ann Foundation and the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, has invested over US$12m and provided nearly 3m children with daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables.
“We are proud to celebrate the milestone of having funded our 5,000th salad bar,” said Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Start Foundation CEO. “Thanks to the leadership and commitment of the fresh produce industry, more than 1,800 school districts are providing fresh choices for our kids because of our programme, and this doesn’t begin to include those schools that have been inspired by our efforts.
"Many schools are purchasing their own salad bars, repurposing cafeteria equipment into salad bars, as well as getting creative with their ability to offer students access to a variety of fresh produce choices each day," he added.