Team California pushes for school salad barsGILROY, Calif. — Team California for Healthy Kids, an initiative of the state Department of Education, launched a pilot salad bar project for Santa Clara County with an installation at a Gilroy elementary school.

Team California, established by state superintendent of public instruction Tom Torlakson, is working with the county’s public health department, local foundations and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools on the project. United Fresh Produce Association is a partner in Let’s Move.

The Nov. 7 ribbon cutting was at Eliot Elementary School in Gilroy. Gilroy is the first city in Santa Clara County to install a salad bar in all of its public school cafeterias, according to the public health department.

San Jose is the county seat.

Other project backers include local education officials; Silicon Valley Community Foundation and Gilroy Foundation. The Health Trust, Kaiser Permanente and Silicon Valley Leadership Group had already begun funding salad bars there.

Santa Clara County supervisor Mike Wasserman joined a pair of students at Eliot Elementary for the ribbon cutting.

State education officials pledged training and technical aid for salad bar adopters. Produce is provided by the national school lunch and breakfast programs.

Team California for Healthy Kids was created to draw connections between nutrition and success in school.