Save Mart donates six school salad barsA grant from the charitable arm of Save Mart Supermarkets will provide salad bars to six schools in California’s Central Valley as part of the Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools program.

The program is a special campaign under the United Fresh Foundation’s initiative Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.

Save Mart donates six school salad barsUnited Fresh, Washington D.C., is collaborating with the California Department of Education to increase students’ access to fresh foods and salad bars. They hope to have 350 salad bars donated to schools by May, according to a news release from United Fresh.

About 10,000 low-income students in three school districts will benefit from the salad bars donated by Save Mart, Modesto, Calif. The districts are: Kern High School District, Bakersfield; Alview-Dairyland Unified School District, Chowchilla; and Armona Union Elementary School District, Armona.

Save Mart president Steve Junqueiro said in the news release the salad bar program is an investment in the future of the communities and the grocery chain because today’s children are tomorrow’s consumers.

“Encouraging families to eat more fruits and vegetables provides immeasurable lifetime health benefits. We believe the most powerful change starts with children. As they get excited about produce through school salad bars they will influence their family to try more fruits and vegetables at home,” Junqueiro said in the release.

Save Mart and its charitable organization Save Mart Cares will be among those honored May 15 at a special event during United Fresh 2013 convention in San Diego. Other honorees will include foodservice directors and donors to the Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools initiative.

The Modesto-based chain operates 226 stores under the Save Mart, S-Mart Foods, Lucky, Maxx Value Foods and FoodMaxx banners.