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Amazing Salad Bar Project Update

By Paige Brady, September 11, 2010  |  Meet the Blogger  |  More Posts by Paige Brady
You, our customers, are simply outstanding. You have totally shattered our goal of putting 300 salad bars into public schools across the U.S. As of September 6th, you've donated over $921,000 -- that's about 368 salad bars!  We'll be collecting donations through the end of September, so keep 'em coming. The more we raise, the more local schools will be able to have salad bars. And if you missed our earlier post about how schools are selected to receive a salad bar, here's an encore of that info. Our partners, Chef Ann Cooper's Food, Family, Farming Foundation (F3) are conducting a grant process where schools apply for one of these free salad bars. Now don't get worried when you hear the word "grant." They have made sure it is very simple. The whole point of the formal grant is to make sure that the schools receiving the salad bars have the support they need to make good use of them. Your role is to help us get the word out about the grants. Any public school — elementary, middle, junior or high — within a 50-mile radius of a Whole Foods Market store is eligible to apply. F3 will be accepting grant applications from September 1st through November 15th. Schools selected by F3 will be announced by January 15, 2011 and salad bar kits will be shipped to schools within a month. Any parent, teacher, food service worker or other concerned person can make sure that eligible schools are aware of The Salad Bar Project. In fact, we know that parents and teachers are often the drivers of making great new things like this happen for their schools. We're depending on you to help get the word out about the grants so a school administrator can complete the online grant application. The grant money, raised by customer donations, will be used to buy the physical salad bar. Each school that is chosen will receive a portable, five-well Cambro salad bar complete with utensils, pan inserts, chilling pads and training tools. Chef Ann's The Lunch Box will provide the necessary training tools and ongoing support to help ensure proper management. The food on these salad bars will be provided through the schools current buying channels for procuring food. A few customers have asked about the 50-mile radius requirement. Within 50 miles of any of our stores, you will find a range of schools in neighborhoods of varying economic levels. We absolutely believe that all kids deserve healthy lunches, regardless of their economic background or geographic location. That why it's exciting that The Salad Bar Project is designed to keep growing and expanding to many more schools over time. We are jumpstarting the process with the help of our customers. Our team members and customers let us know that, in addition to fundraising for community schools, they also want to participate and volunteer in these schools to help make a difference. The 50-mile parameter was established as a way to fulfill the desire of our team members and customers to make a difference locally — and we look forward to the expansion of the program in all areas of the country. More than 31 million children rely on the National School Lunch Program every school day. For many of these kids, school lunch is their only complete meal of the day. Let's make sure that salad bar choices are part of that meal! Learn more in our salad bar FAQ, encourage your local school to visit The Salad Bar Project to apply for a grant, and continue to donate to the cause at the registers or online. Thanks for your support!




Robert Fortier-Bensen says ...
Chere Moderator: How are you? I hope you are well. I often frequent Whole Foods, and was asked to donate. I was perplexed, and so came to your website. I believe it is a great idea at a later date in the introduction, of a more simple plan, but any Chef will tell you people in New Orleans live to eat. but what? Why only public schools? I realize they may be the only schools without a salad bar, but this lack of a liberal open mind towards this is of concern. Often the trends and fashion "trickle out"as a lack for a more systems type name, from the more inclined, and well researched population. Par Exemple, trans fatty acids, Omega 3's. I am a Integrative medical physician, Naturopath, and clinical nutritionist. In my experience, having children plant a garden and eat of its fruitfulness is the most cohesive way to exposed children to the healthy perspective. I remember the early work done by the public schools in Wisconsin which did much good. I believe your attempt to change a misunderstood perspective is similar to planting a garden without weeding and preparing the soil first, otherwise it is a feel good idea which will likely suffer from suffocation or later die on the vine. I harbor no hopes that change is or will be good, unless a liberty garden approach is taken. Bonne Chance, and Merci beaucoup.
09/15/2010 9:03:37 PM CDT
Harvey Greenberg says ...
great project! do you have any plans for follow-up evaluation? Did schools who got grants provide healthy food at salad bar? what effect did it have on students? etc.
09/16/2010 7:50:12 AM CDT
paig292 says ...
@Harvey We partnered with Chef Ann Cooper and her group because they have the infrastructure in place to support implementation of the salad bars and to provide ongoing assistance for success. This is a program that will be ongoing and I'm sure we will learn lots along the way. If you have specific questions, you can ask them directly at info@saladbarproject.org. Thanks.
09/17/2010 9:47:10 AM CDT
fed up says ...
I don't appreciate the beggars at the checkout asking me for money. Feeding children is the job of parents. And, i am already paying to feed YOUR children with my tax dollars. Don't have sex if you can't afford kids! How's that?
10/09/2010 12:44:48 PM CDT
mod*mom says ...
i'm so grateful for this amazing project! i just linked this on my blog even though our public school is in silicon valley, the lunch food fits this model of highly processed, fatty,sugary,salty non-nutritious. a nutritionally knowledgable blogging mom pal ( mednauseum.com )gave parents a nutrition talk a few weeks ago at school with the message to pack your kids lunches, but some children have parents who can't afford the price or time to pack their lunch + maybe they don't get nutritious food at home.
11/06/2010 12:48:46 AM CDT
mod*mom says ...
oh i just noticed fed up's comment + i don't think he/she is considering the savings to taxpayers of preventing diabetes, disease + obesity in our u.s. population, including social security/medicare costs in the future. this early nutritional education is an intervention that will pay dividends all taxpayers will benefit from.
11/06/2010 12:58:42 AM CDT
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