Help bring a salad bar to a public school near you!

[ 5 ] September 10, 2010 |

In-store and online donation drive helps shoppers fund salad bar kits in schools across the country. Local schools may apply for a salad bar for their school through a grant process.

Whole Foods Market, its shoppers and Chef Ann Cooper, the nation’s “Renegade Lunch Lady,” have joined forces to help bring fresh fruits and vegetables, whole grains and healthy proteins to school lunch programs and raise awareness around healthier school food through a project that will fund salad bars for public schools across the country.

From now until Sept. 29, shoppers may donate to the project at the check-out or make a donation online through Each salad bar kit costs approximately $2,500 dollars, and includes a portable 5-well salad bar unit with all the necessary insert pans, cutting boards, knives and shipping costs.  Salad bar training tools and videos for school nutrition staff will also be available through

The salad bars will be donated to local schools through a simple online grant process. Whole Foods is working with Sodexo (the food service provider for the Rhode Island public schools) to ensure each salad bar, placed in a local school, will be filled with healthy nutritious salad fixings. Whole Foods Market is partnering with Cooper’s nonprofit, F3: Food Family Farming Foundation, which will administer the grant process.  Any public elementary, middle or high school within 50 miles of a Whole Foods Market is eligible to apply with the support of the school principal, nutrition service director and the superintendent of the district.  The online application and full criteria is available at

The application asks for basic school information such as the percentage of students enrolled in the Federal Free and Reduced Meal Program and participation in the school’s Reimbursable School Lunch Program.  Grant applications will be accepted between Sept. 1 and Nov. 1.  Applicants chosen based on the grant criteria and the level of the school’s commitment to sustaining the salad bar will be announced in early January 2011.

Learn more and support the project by attending the film Screening of What’s on your plate? A witty and provocative documentary produced and directed by award-winning Catherine Gund about kids and food politics.
When: Tuesday, September 28 at 7pm
Where: Local 121, 121 Washington Street, Providence.
Admission: $5 donation to the Salad Bar Project. Optional salad bar buffet at 6:15pm, Cost $10.
Film sponsored by Whole Foods and Kidoinfo

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Anisa Raoof

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Anisa Raoof is the publisher of She combines being a mom with her experience as an artist, designer, psych researcher and former co-director of the Providence Craft Show to create the go-to spot for families in Rhode Island and beyond. She loves using social media to connect parents with family-related businesses and services and promoting ways for parents to engage offline with their kids. Anisa believes in the power of working together and loves to find ways to collaborate with others. An online enthusiast, still likes to unplug often by reading books and magazines, drawing, learning to knit, making pop-up books with her two sons and listening to records with her husband.

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  1. This is so exciting. Make sure your school applies for this!!!!

  2. erin goodman says:

    wow!! what a great idea!!

  3. jenn says:

    Sodex is part of the problem, even you get the grant don’t expect anything actually nutritious…

  4. Anisa Raoof Anisa says:

    I think the fact that Sodexo is willing to work with Whole Foods on this project is a step in the right direction.

  5. Olinda says:

    I agree. Our school is going for it.

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