About 3,500 students in 10 St. Louis public schools have access to more healthy food with the Sugar Association’s donation of salad bars through the Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools campaign.
Association president and CEO Andy Briscoe said the importance of fresh produce in children’s diets is unquestionable, according to a news release from the Washington D.C.-based association. The donation comes during National School Lunch week.
“There is no debate that the centerpieces of a diet should be fruits, vegetables, whole grains and other fiber-rich and calcium-rich foods,” Briscoe said in the release. “We want children to practice healthy eating behaviors and a key to this is ensuring that these options are readily available.”
The schools receiving salad bars are: Ashland Elementary, Columbia Elementary, Dunbar Elementary, Fanning Middle School, Hamilton Elementary, Nance Elementary, Oak Hill Elementary, Sigel Elementary, Vashon High School and Yeatman-Liddell Middle School.
The program, sponsored in part by the United Fresh Start Foundation, has already donated salad bars to more than 3,500 schools nationwide, benefitting 2 million students, according to the release.