Salad Bars to Schools Initiative

Salad Bars to Schools is a public-private partnership to mobilize and engage local, state and national leaders to promote and sponsor salad bars in schools. School children eat more fruits and vegetables when they have a variety of choices, such as those provided in a self-serve salad bar. Helping children develop good eating habits early in life helps maximize academic performance during the school years and promotes wellness throughout their lives. By supporting Salad Bars to Schools’ mission to increase the prevalence of salad bars in schools across the country, CDC aims to ensure every child has the choice of healthy fruits and vegetables each day at school.

The Salad Bars to Schools partnership was founded by the Chef Ann Foundation, National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance United Fresh Start Foundation, and Whole Foods Market in support of former First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative. The program is currently a partnership of the Chef Ann Foundation and Whole Kids Foundation. As of 2021, the Salad Bars to School program has delivered almost 6,000 salad bars to schools across the nation.

Salad Bars to Schools Success Stories

Through Salad Bars to Schools, schools across the nation are making strides toward becoming healthier. Below are just a few of the many schools that have added salad bars.

  • Salad Bars in Los Angeles Schools: How Can You Follow Their Lead? With the help of Salad Bars to Schools, the Los Angeles Unified School District salad bar program shows what can happen when students and parents take initiative to support healthy eating in school cafeterias.
  • All Cincinnati Public Schools Have Salad Bars Students now have access to a wide variety of fresh fruits and vegetables every day at their school’s salad bar.
  • Kiana School in Alaska Gets a Salad Bar For Alaskans who live in this remote northern village, eating healthy presents some unique challenges. The cold weather and lack of sunlight limit the fruits and vegetables grown here, and not much produce makes its way up to this area. Through Salad Bars to Schools, the Kiana’s salad bar program has been an overwhelming success.

Check out Salad Bars to School: The Mix for interviews with salad bar leaders and tips on salad bar operations.

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