One of the top Capitol Hill proponents of salad bars in schools got his chance to try a local example of the concept.

Rep. Sam Farr, D-Calif., and his California and Washington, D.C., staff visited students and school officials at the Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26.

The United Fresh Produce Association, Washington, D.C., gave the school the salad bar after the association’s Washington Public Policy Conference. It was showcased at the conference’s Fresh Festival in September.

Farr is a key figure in helping United Fresh advance the salad bar concept, introducing the Children’s Fruit and Vegetable Act on Dec. 16. If passed, the bill directs the U.S. Department of Agriculture to promote the use of salad bars in schools across the country.

United Fresh’s Ray Gilmer and Lorelei DiSogra accompanied about 18 of Farr’s staff on a tour of the wholesale produce market in Jessup, Md., and a nearby Safeway Distribution Center.

Gilmer said the students make good use of the salad bar.

“The salad bar we contributed is right there in the lunch room and that is the first place the kids line up,” he said.

Rep. Farr checks in on school salad bar's success

Courtesy United Fresh Produce Association

Sam Farr, D-Calif., visits with students at Elsie Whitlow Stokes Community Public Charter School in Washington, D.C., on Jan. 26. Farr ate lunch with the students, highlighting the school’s salad bar, a gift from the United Fresh Produce Association.