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. Please scroll down to the bottom of this page; they are listed under "Documents".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. It's 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:
Latest USDA Memo on Salad Bars - USDA Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program (SP31-2013) "NEW"
Handling Fresh Produce on Salad Bars by National Food Service Management Institute
Fruits & Vegetables Galore: Helping Kids Eat More by USDA Food and Nutrition Services
Salad Bar Resources by Other States:
Grant Programs for Salad Bar:
*note: these are the organizations historically offered grant programs for salad bar. Please contact the organization directly for more information. If you know of any organizations that provide grant for salad bars, please let us know!
Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools - An initiative to fund and grant 6000 salad bars to schools across the nation by 2013.
- USDA Memo - Salad Bars in the National School Lunch Program (SP31-2013) - 67 KB - USDA Salad Bar Memo 2013
- SAFE Salad Bars in Schools - A Guide for School Food Service - 809 KB - Guidance for schools to offer salad bars that feature produce from local farms and school gardens and to minimize the risk of foodborne illnesses
- Antidote by Seattle FEEST - 1 MB - a companion activity for the video "Salad Warz"
- Salad Bar Safety Poster by Seattle FEEST - 4 MB - a reminder of proper salad bar etiquettes
- Keep It Clean Poster by Seattle FEEST - 1 MB - a reminder for keeping salad bars NOT messy
- Last Chance for Fruit Poster by Seattle FEEST - 1 MB - a reminder for students in cafeteria line to take fruit