Salad Bars to Schools has delivered more than 5,000 salad bars in just seven years.

The milestone of the public-private partnership was celebrated Oct. 11 by the United Fresh Start Foundation, along with Salad Bars to Schools partners, First Lady of Virginia Dorothy McAuliffe and school lunch leaders during National School Lunch Week at Lynbrook Elementary School in Springfield, Va., according to a news release.

“We are proud to celebrate the milestone of having funded our 5,000th salad bar,” Tom Stenzel, United Fresh Start Foundation CEO, said in the release. “Thanks to the leadership and commitment of the fresh produce industry, more than 1,800 school districts are providing fresh choices for our kids because of our program, and this doesn’t begin to include those schools that have been inspired by our efforts.”

Stenzel said in the release that many schools are purchasing their own salad bars, transforming cafeteria equipment into salad bars and finding new ways to offer students access to a variety of fresh produce.

The Salad Bars to Schools partnership was founded by United Fresh Start Foundation, Whole Foods Market, Chef Ann Foundation and the National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance. The initiative has invested more than $12 million in 50 states to provide nearly 3 million children with daily access to fresh fruits and vegetables, according to the release.

Schools can apply for salad bars at The release said produce companies interested in supporting Salad Bars to Schools can contact Andrew Marshall at [email protected]