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