Yesterday, First Lady Michelle Obama visited Riverside Elementary School in Miami’s Little Havana to introduce “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools,” a plan to get 6,000 salad bars in schools across the nation.
“If you’re going to change your habits, you’ve got to be ready to try some new stuff…trying some vegetables you might not normally eat,” Mrs. Obama told the predominantly Latino students at Riverside Elementary.
Only about 15 percent of public school cafeterias have salad bars. Many schools just can’t afford the initial $2,500 to purchase equipment or the produce to stock the salad bars, said Lorelei DiSogra, vice president of nutrition and health for the United Fresh Produce Association. DiSogras’ organization is donating 6,000 salad bars to schools, mostly in low-income neighborhoods,
The “Let’s Move Salad Bars” team includes First Lady Michelle Obama, The National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance from the Food, Family, Farming Foundation, and from the United Fresh Produce Association.