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USDA official praises Salinas schools' salad bars

SALINAS, Calif. — An early adopter of school salad bars drew praise from a U.S. Department of Agriculture official on a recent visit to Salinas, Calif.

“I’m here to say we really appreciate what schools like yours are doing to provide healthier foods to school children,” Kevin Concannon, USDA undersecretary for food, nutrition and consumer services, told second-graders Aug. 30 at Sherwood School.

The Salinas City Elementary School District has salad bars in all 13 of its schools thanks to a program begun seven years ago by parents — many of whom work in agriculture — and supported by grower-shippers.
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