Feb. 18, 2016
Students who have access to salad bars in their school cafeterias eat three times more fruits and vegetables than their peers who don’t. And these extra servings can add up to better health and better grades. Thanks to a “Let’s Move” fundraising campaign, Liberty Central School District is ensuring all 1,625 of its students are offered plenty of fresh produce options, daily.
Beginning in June, students will be able to eat fresh vegetables
and fruit from a salad bar thanks to a grant from “Let’s Move
Salad Bars to Schools” its partner, the Whole Kids Foundation and
Cornell Cooperative Extension.
“Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools,” part of first lady Michelle Obama's “Let's Move” campaign, is an initiative to increase the healthy fruits and vegetables that children have access to in school. The program launched in 2010 and has granted salad bars to more than 4,100 schools, nationwide.
In July 2015, Liberty Schools' Food Services Director Dara Smith submitted an application through the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” website to request the salad bars for the schools.
“The district was interested in using salad bars as a way to encourage more students to participate in their meal program, as well as to meet new federal school lunch nutrition standards that require schools to serve an increased amount and variety of fruit and vegetables each day,” she said.
The grant provides a complete salad bar package including the Cambro brand bar, the pans, pan covers, tongs and ice packs to keep the items chilled throughout the lunch service. Schools are then responsible for providing the produce. Each of the salad bars costs $2,825 and Salad bars have a useful life expectancy of 10 years.
If you have any questions please contact Dara Smith at 845-292-5400 ext. 2040.