Assuming the issue gets resolved, the Monterey Peninsula district will start the coming school year with six salad bars and have them installed in all 11 elementary schools throughout the year, he said. Secondary schools, which are undergoing lunchroom redesigns, will have salad bars the following year.
Margaret D’Arrigo-Martin, vice president of community development at Taylor Farms, welcomes the prospect of a resolution. She has raised funds for salad bars through the Grower-Shipper Association Foundation, Salinas, Calif.
“The superintendent and the nutrition director are extremely confident the salad bars will be reinstated,” she said. “(The Monterey Peninsula Unified School District) has made a commitment and they’re actually going to expand the program.”
The clash, D’Arrigo-Martin said, put salad bars in the spotlight.
“It proved that salad bars are important to the schools,” she said. “The kids were upset, the parents were upset. They want them.”
“They are wildly successful,” Albert said. “The kids like them a lot.”