October 8, 2012 by jaherber
According to the mission of the Salad Bars to Schools initiative, any K-12 school districts supported by the National School Lunch Program are eligible for a grant funded salad bar in an effort to introduce kids to fruits and vegetables. The grants goal is to put 6000 salad bars into eligible schools by the end of 2013. According to its website, only 1,454 bars have reached schools as of October 2012.
Though, this grass roots effort is to be lauded, a new strategy may need to be explored in order to bolster progress. First and foremost, I would maintain the current criteria for eligibility as it is, but with some new options for improvement. One suggestion would be to add the option of a smaller salad bar for those schools that are either of a smaller student population or lack funds to sustain and support a full size…
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