With the donation of two new salad bars to schools in Washington, D.C., the United Fresh Foundation’s A Salad Bar in Every School campaign has provided 50 salad bars to schools nationwide.

“More than 25,000 low-income elementary school students are benefiting from these first 50 salad bars,” Lorelei DiSogra, vice president for nutrition and health at United Fresh said in a news release.

Besides giving increasing numbers of kids greater access to fruits and vegetables, DiSogra said the salad bars are what she called an evidence-based strategy to boost access to fruits and vegetables in schools throughout the country.

United Fresh school salad bar donations reach 50

The two District of Columbia schools receiving the salad bars were Friendship Public Charter School and the Imagine Southeast Public Charter School. Officials from both schools accepted the salad bars at a ceremony at the Fresh Festival on Capitol Hill during the United Fresh Produce Association’s Washington Public Policy Conference earlier this month.

DiSogra said both schools have wanted salad bars for their schools and were committed to improving students access to fresh fruits and vegetables. She thanked the Cambro Manufacturing Co. and the Vollrath Co. for their donation of the equipment to the two schools. Seven schools in the District of Columbia have received salad bars through the program, topped only by ten donated to both Chicago and New Orleans schools.

The United Fresh Foundation launched A Salad Bar in Every School campaign in February, and depends on produce industry contributions. The campaign has pledged to donate 1,000 salad bars over the next three years in support of First Lady Michelle Obama’s “Let’s Move!” initiative.

Information about the campaign can be found at www.unitedfresh.org/programs/salad_bar_campaign2010.

50 Salad Bars Donated by United Fresh Produce Association

As of Sept. 30, 2010

  • Chicago Public Schools: 10
  • New Orleans Schools: 10
  • District of Columbia Schools: 7
  • New York City Public Schools: 6
  • Cincinnati Public Schools: 4
  • California Schools: 3
  • Nevada Schools: 3
  • Saint Paul, MN Schools: 3
  • Kannapolis, NC Schools: 2
  • New Haven Public Schools: 2

Source: United Fresh