Why Support Salad Bars

Learn why salad bars in schools are important and why we’ve made it our mission.

What is Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools?

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools (LMSB2S) launched in 2010 with the mission of donating salad bars to U.S. schools so that every child has daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables. This healthy school lunch initiative was founded by Food Family Farming FoundationNational Fruit and Vegetable AllianceUnited Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Whole Foods Market in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move! Initiative.

The Challenge

While there is growing awareness of the health and educational benefits that salad bars provide to kids, many school districts are unable to afford the basic equipment needed to adopt this strategy. LMSB2S is committed to helping schools make this positive change.

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Health and Educational Benefits

Why salad bars? Supporting Research shows that incorporating salad bars into school lunches increases children’s consumption of fresh fruits and vegetables. When offered healthy food choices, children respond by trying new items, incorporating greater variety into their diets, and increasing their daily intake of fruits and vegetables. Through these early, positive experiences, students are better prepared for a lifetime of healthy eating.

In support of these benefits, the White House Task Force on Childhood Obesity endorses the use of salad bars in schools and upgrading cafeteria equipment in order to provide healthy meals for kids. Similarly, the Institute of Medicine of the National Academies determined in 2009 that America’s schools should increase fruits and vegetables at lunch to two servings in order to meet children’s basic health requirements. And in 2012, the USDA released new meal guidelines requiring 6.25 – 10 servings of fruits and vegetables weekly at lunch depending on grade level. The USDA also stated: “Salad bars continue to be a great option for meeting the meal pattern requirements, especially vegetable subgroups.”

Supporting Research

Significant supporting research from both the USDA and public groups has demonstrated that school children significantly increase their consumption of healthy fruits and vegetables when given a variety of choices via a school salad bar.