To commemorate its new location on 57th Street in Manhattan, Whole Foods has donated 57 salad bars to public elementary schools in NYC. The supermarket giant teamed up with Mayor Bloomberg on his never-ending quest to bring healthy foods to New York City schools, and the new lunch stations will make it even easier for kids to indulge in salads and veggies every school day. Together, Whole Foods and the city have already installed 1,000 salad bars in schools citywide.
Headed by the Task Force on Obesity, the NYC School Salad Bar Initiative is out to change the stereotypical school lunch. The 57 new salad bars donated by Whole Foods are valued at over $300,000, an expense that the schools’ budgets would normally not allow. With these new facilities, Bloomberg hopes to encourage students to choose healthier foods by making fresh veggies more appealing.
Many of the schools targeted in the salad bar drive are in neighborhoods with little or no fresh vegetables available. My providing these salad bars, Bloomberg hopes to expose children to healthy foods, and create an opportunity for healthy choices and habits. The Salad Bar initiative is just one of the Mayor’s programs to help fight childhood obesity and Type II Diabetes in New York City. The program’s goal is to have salad bars in each of the city’s public schools by 2015.