Association president and CEO Andy Briscoe said the importance of fresh produce in children’s diets is unquestionable, according to a news release from the Washington D.C.-based association. The donation comes during National School Lunch week.
“There is no debate that the centerpieces of a diet should be fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other fiber-rich and calcium-rich foods,” Briscoe said in the release. “We want children to practice healthy eating behaviors and a key to this is ensuring that these options are readily available.”
The schools receiving salad bars are: Ashland Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Dunbar Elementary, Fanning Middle School, Hamilton Elementary, Nance Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Sigel Elementary, Vashon High School and Yeatman-Liddell Middle School.
The program, sponsored in part by the United Fresh Start Foundation, has already donated salad bars to more than 3,500 schools nationwide, benefitting 2 million students, according to the release.