NHPS Receives 33 Salad Bars from Whole Foods, Let's Move

Tuesday, September 26, 2011
Christopher Hoffman
The New Haven Public Schools (NHPS) today unveiled 33 new salad bars, enabling the district to serve students significantly more fruits and vegetables -- another step in its groundbreaking campaign to improve school lunches and teach healthy eating habits.
Whole Foods, through its Salad Bar Project, and First Lady Michelle Obama’s Let’s Move Salad Bars campaign provided the funding for the salad bars.
Every NHPS K-8 school and most high schools will now have a salad bar serving fresh produce. The district plans to eventually have salad bars at every city school, Executive Director of Food Services Chef Tim Cipriano said.
Superintendent of Schools Dr. Reginald Mayo said, “I want to thank Whole Foods and Let’s Move for providing these wonderful salad bars. I’m so pleased that these salad bars are teaching students good eating habits and nutrition. At the New Haven Public Schools, we recognize that eating healthy foods like fruits and vegetables is a prerequisite for academic success. For kids to learn right, they need to eat right. And best of all, it tastes great.”
Chef Cipriano said, “New Haven continues to lead the country with school food and school reform. I see no better way to celebrate our school children than to actively promote the consumption of fresh vegetables through our salad bars. Increasing access to healthy foods for our kids is a top priority. We are educating and feeding hungry kids in our schools."
Following a brief press conference, Barnard Environmental Studies Magnet School students went to their lunchroom with its new, fully stocked salad bar. Chef Cipriano led students through a “Make a Rainbow” challenge. Students tasted a variety of colorful fruits and vegetables, and then created their own “rainbow” salads.
The salad bar kits include a five-well Cambro® salad bar complete with utensils, pan inserts, chilling pads and training tools. Together, Whole Foods Market and Let’s Move Salad Bars have put over 800 salad bars in schools nationwide, with the goal of 6,000 by 2013.
Whole Kids Foundation Board Member, Ken Meyer said, “The New Haven Public School district is receiving one of the largest salad bar grant donations to date, and we applaud Chef Cipriano and his team for being so committed and accepting of this program. We hope it inspires other schools to take action and apply for grants.
“On behalf of the Whole Kids Foundation, we’ll continue to work hard to provide funds for salad bars, and we challenge other businesses and organizations get involved in this effort and help fund salad bars in school lunchrooms across the country.”
NHPS salad bars will feature a variety of local fresh foods that Cipriano has helped source through Farm to School and other healthy eating initiatives.
Of the more than 20,700 NHPS students, 80 percent qualify for free or reduced lunches.  Last year, the district served students more than 5 million meals. 
Other honored guests at Tuesday’s event were Renegade Lunch Lady,” Chef Ann Cooper; and representatives from Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools.