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Whole Foods Brings Salad to
School Lunch Mix

Move over, chicken nuggets.

Texas schools are embracing the salad bar concept as a way to introduce children to healthy lunch options.

In 2010, Austin-based Whole Foods Market teamed with author and chef Ann Cooper, “the Renegade Lunch Lady,” to kick off the Great American Salad Bar Project, aimed at putting more crunch in school lunches.

Schools within a 50-mile radius of any Whole Foods store were eligible to apply for free salad bar equipment from Sept. 1 to Nov. 15, 2010. The company raised more than $1.4 million to fund the project from donations made online and in its 300-plus stores. The project has selected 564 schools across the U.S. to receive salad bars that will be shipped in February 2011.

Each of the schools will receive a portable, five-well salad bar with utensils, pan inserts, chilling pads and training tools. The schools had to receive approval for the project from district officials and commit to use the salad bar as part of their lunch programs for at least two years.

Texas schools are embracing the salad bar concept as a way to introduce children to healthy lunch options. Del Valle Independent School District’s (ISD’s) Child Nutrition Department sponsors a one-day annual “A-Z” salad bar at Baty Elementary School. Program organizers bring in salad bar items representing every letter of the alphabet to expose children to new fruits and vegetables.

For more information, visit the Great American Salad Bar project.

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