Salad Bars to Schools


Welcome! This web page presents resources and information for fruit and vegetable coordinators and other public health nutritionists to support the nationwide Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools Initiative. The goal of this initiative is to launch salad bar programs in at least 6,000 schools across the country.

Check out the new Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools website!  Sign up for the newsletter on the homepage (bottom left), and visit the revamped blog page, The Mix.  Have a story for the blog?  Send it to Diane Harris at  To Date (7.2014) over $8.5 million has been raised and 3,481 salad bars have been granted.

ASPHN has developed a new tool for State Fruit & Vegetable Nutrition Coordinators called the Safe Use of Salad Bars in Schools modifiable fact sheet. Click here to learn more about this resource and how you can use it in your state.

Read about the successes our members are having in their states' Salad Bar projects!

ASPHN has created a brochure, Learn How Your School Can Add a Salad Bar Today!   

We have also completed a Lessons Learned Report for our 2012 Salad Bar Mini-Grants.

Click on Continue Story below to view the brochure and the Lessons Learned Report.

Resources from State F&V Nutrition Coordinators

Many exciting salad bar intiatives are now underway around the country.  What follows are some resources and tools you can adapt for your state's effortsPlease send Joan Atkinson fact sheets, flyers, talking points, powerpoint presentations, training materials and other resources you or your colleagues have developed that fruit and vegetable coordinators and salad bar champions in other states can adapt for their programs.


Alaska's Obesity Prevention and Control Program held three school salad bar trainings.  Click on Continue Story to view the training agenda.  The state also produced a training video, Alaska Salad Bars in Schools, a Salad Bar Safety Brochure, and Resources for School Food Service Professionals.


The Arizona Department of Health and Arizona Champions for Change developed a two-page flyer that gives a general overview of the Salad Bars to Schools Initiative.  The Arizona staff adapted the flyer to promote three salad bar training workshops they are offered in 2011.  Click on Continue Story to view Arizona's flyers.


The Fruit and Vegetable Bar Guide, developed by the Iowa Department of Education's Bureau of Nutrition and Health Services, is a great resource that answers many common questions about salad bars.


The State of Minnesota has a Salad Bars to Schools webpage that includes salad bar materials for school food service and donors. The Minnesota Department of Health has posted an artilce on the Let's Move blog, called Minnesota Raising the Bar for School Foods.


The state of Missouri has developed a MOU for schools and districts receiving salad bars.  To date, 48 salad bars have been provided to Missouri schools and it all started with the ASPHN salad bar mini-grant!  Click on Continue Story to view these resources.


Using ideas from other ASPHN grantees, Ohio developed a salad bar video contest. The guidelines of the contest included using the Ohio Seed to Salad Materials to create a promotional or educational video for students. Over 70 submissions were received from schools across Ohio!  View the top videos under Continue Story.


As part of the Washington's SAFE Salad Bar Program, a high school youth team developed recommendations for safe and attractive salad bars.  Click on Continue Story to view the recommendations.


Several state agencies in Wisconsin developed a briefing paper to promote using locally-grown produce in school meals.  The goal of this memo was to present a consistent message to schools.  Click on Continue Story to view the brief.

More Resources from State F&V Nutrition Coordinators

New Mexico

New Mexico's salad bar team developed and compiled a number of resources, including two Powerpoint presentations – Meeting the New National School Lunch Program Requirements with Salad Bars and Farm to Cafeteria – and the guide, Lunch Box Guide to Salad Bars.  In addition, the state published an article on their school salad bar conference in the newsletter, Southwest  Marketing  Network.  Click on Continue Story to view all of these resources.


The Ohio Seed to Salad Team created a comprehensive school salad bar toolkit, talking points and tips for parents and for school administrators, and a salad bar Mythbusters flyer.  Click on Continue Story to view these resources.