Westpark Elementary School, part of the Fort Worth Independent School District, recently celebrated the installment of a new salad bar.
The salad bar is the first of five that will be installed in Fort Worth-area schools by the end of the year, according to a news release.
The salad bars were contributed by Dallas-based restaurant Snappy Salads, Dallas-based produce marketing agency DMA Solutions, and California Giant Foundation, the charitable organization of Watsonville, Calif.-based California Giant Berry Farms.
Benbrook, Texas, mayor Jerry Dittrich and Fort Worth mayor Betsy Price were present at the ribbon-cutting ceremony for the new salad bar at Westpark.
Price’s healthy-choices initiative, FitWorth, had partnered last year with California Giant’s Tour de Fresh for a cycling event in Texas.
“When we heard about Fort Worth Mayor Betsy Price’s Halloween biking event and her FitWorth initiative, we decided to encourage our supporters to participate in the mayor’s event along with a local restaurant chain that wanted to make a difference in their community,” Cindy Jewell, vice president of marketing for California Giant Berry Farms and the California Giant Foundation, said in the release. “We all worked together on this project to provide Fort Worth-area children with healthier choices at school, so the collaboration was perfect and today we saw the positive results when presenting the salad bar.”
The national Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools initiative has facilitated donations of salad bars to 5,000 U.S. schools since 2010, reaching 3 million children, according to the release.