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Real Food for Kids Salad Bar

Fairfax County Public Schools Office of Food and Nutrition Services has partnered with Real Food for Kids™ to bring salad bars to all 141 elementary schools in the county. FNS opened the first 19 salad bars during the 2016-2017 school year and will phase in about 30 a year for the next four years.

Kids getting fresh food from the salad bar



Salad bars offer a variety of nutritious choices every day and encourage children to consistently build meals based on a foundation of colorful fruits and vegetables. Science-based research proves that changing fresh food access and availability in school settings has a direct correlation to wellness. Incorporating salad bars is a strategy that models healthy eating and reinforces positive behaviors.

School environments have unparalleled potential to impact the lives of students by utilizing service models that are conducive to healthy eating. Ultimately, salad bars have the ability to transform school nutrition since they provide the underpinning link between foodservice, nutrition education and wellness, the classroom and beyond.


Please scroll down to see which schools will be opening salad bars and increasing student access to fresh fruit and vegetables during the 2017-2018 school year, as well as other resources on the Real Food for Kids Salad Bar.


Schools with a new salad bar can send this Salad Bar flyer home to inform parents of the new cafeteria options for their child.






As FNS continues the 5-year rollout of the Real Food for Kids Salad Bars, many FCPS elementary students are already enjoying fruits and veggies from their Salad Bar.  These schools received their salad bars in previous school years.


Salad Bar Implementation Schedule 2017-2018. Young girl sitting at a table eating fruits and vegetatables

School Region Opening Date
1 Terraset ES 1 9/6/2018
2 Oak View ES 4 9/12/2018
3 Ft Belvoir Upper 3 9/19/2018
4 Louise Archer ES 1 9/26/2018
5 Union Mill ES 4 10/3/2018
6 Westgate ES 2 10/11/2018
7 Timber Lane ES 2 10/17/2018
8 Sunrise Valley ES 1 10/24/2018
9 Orange Hunt ES 4 10/31/2018
10 Washington Mill ES 3 11/14/2018
11 Canterbury Woods ES 5 11/28/2018
12 Colin Powell ES 4 12/5/2018
13 Cunningham Park ES 1 12/12/2018
14 Columbia ES 2 1/16/2019
15 Hollin Meadows ES 3 1/30/2019
16 Halley ES 4 2/7/2019
17 Dogwood ES 1 2/13/2019
18 Daniels Run ES 5 2/21/2019
19 Bull Run ES 4 2/27/2019
20 Fairhill ES 2 3/6/2019
21 Sleepy Hollow ES 2 3/13/2019
22 Lane ES 3 3/20/2019
23 Lorton Station ES 3 3/27/2019
24 Graham Road ES 2 4/3/2019
25 Waynewood ES 3 4/10/2019
26 Camelot ES 2 4/24/2019
27 Cardinal Forest ES 4 5/1/2019
28 Wakefield Forest ES 5 5/8/2019
29 Keene Mill ES 4 5/15/2019
30 Bonnie Brae ES 4 5/22/2019
31 Stratford Landing ES 3 5/30/2019


  • Find teacher and student presentations, salad bar etiquette guides, and more in the Healthy Living Resource Folder
  • Sample Menu—please see Nutrislice once your schools implements to see revised menu.