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Salad Bars

Salad Bars can provide a beautiful, appealing, delicious way to present a range of fruits and vegetables, legumes and dairy products to students.

SAFE (Safe and Fun to Eat) Salad Bars in Schools

SAFE (Safe and Fun to Eat) Salad Bars in Schools is a statewide effort to provide guidance to encourage schools to offer salad bars that feature produce from local farms and school gardens to minimize the risk of foodborn illnesses. Many salad bar items are prepared and served fresh with no cooking involved, and safe food handling is critical.

The partner agencies on this project--Washington State Department of Agriculture, Washington State Department of Health, the Office of the Superintendent of Public Instruction, and Washington State University School of Food Science--came together to develop "SAFE Salad Bars in Schools - A Guide for School Food Service" in order to consolidate messages and present clear guidance to school district staff and decision makers, using state-level knowledge and expertise and consulting national sources. Local health jurisdictions may have different or additional rules. Please consult your local health jurisdition as you plan and implement your salad bar programs.

As a part of SAFE Salad Bars in Schools, Seattle Food Empowerment Education and Sustainability Team (FEEST) students designed and developed an educational video, "Salad Warz", that promotes salad bars and provides a tutorial on salad bar etiquette for their peers. They also created posters and a game to bring the topic to their peers in the cafeteria:

SAFE Salad Bars in Schools was inspired by the "Safe Use of Salad Bars in Schools" developed by Minnesota Department of Agriculture, Minnesota Department of Health, and the University of Minnesota Cooperative Extension. It is supported by a mini grant from the Association of State and Territorial Public Health Nutrition Directors (ASTPHND) throught funding from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention. Its contents are solely the responsibility of the authors and do not necessarily represent the official views of ASTPHND or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention.

Salad Bar Resources

Grant Programs for Salad Bars

*note: these are the organizations historically offered grant programs for salad bars. Please contact the organization directly for more information. If you know of any organizations that provide grant for salad bars, please let us know!