CORRECTED: Salad bar effort kicks off in California county - The Packer

CORRECTED: Salad bar effort kicks off in California county

11/07/2013 08:57:00 AM
Mike Hornick

Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools(CORRECTED Nov. 7) Dancing fruits and vegetables were on the agenda as Team California for Healthy Kids planned to launch a nutrition initiative in Santa Clara County schools with a Nov. 7 salad bar donation in Gilroy, Calif.

Representatives of Tom Torlakson, state superintendent of public instruction, were scheduled to speak to students at Eliot Elementary School in Gilroy.

Mike Wasserman, a county supervisor, will preside over a ribbon cutting for the new salad bar after a song performed by dancing fruits and vegetables.

The event marks the start of a broader pilot program in Santa Clara County.

The effort to place more salad bars in that county — which includes San Jose — is done in partnership with Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools, among other backers. United Fresh Produce Association is a partner in Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.

Team California for Healthy Kids is a California Department of Education program started by Torlakson. It draws connections between nutrition and success in school.

State and local officials plus donor representatives will take turns identifying their favorite salad bar items.

Note on correction: The original story incorrectly stated that Torlakson was among the speakers.



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