A new grant from the Safeway Foundation will fund salad bars for nine schools in California’s Pleasanton, Hemet and Ventura districts.

The grant supports Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools, a state initiative that’s part of a broader campaign backed by United Fresh Foundation.

The Pleasanton, Calif.-based Safeway Foundation benefits retail service areas with the donations. Schools getting salad bars are within 5 miles of a Safeway or Vons store.

The salad bars will serve 6,382 students in eight elementary schools and one middle school. United Fresh Foundation has a goal of 350 California school salad bar donations by May.

The California initiative continues a United Fresh policy of benefiting children in the host state of the trade association’s annual convention, scheduled May14-16 for San Diego. Information is available from Andrew Marshall, policy and grassroots manager, at amarshall@unitedfresh.org.

“We are committed to promoting health and wellness for today’s consumers and for the next generation,” Christy Duncan-Anderson, executive director of the Safeway Foundation, said in a news release.

“Salad bars are the easiest, most effective way for schools to meet the new federal school lunch standards and make it possible for students to make half their plate fruits and vegetables as recommended by the 2010 Dietary Guidelines for America,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Produce Association president, said in the release.