(New England Produce Council)
The New England Produce Council has donated a salad bar to East Boston High School as part of the Letís Move Salad Bars to Schools program.
The program works to provide salad bars to schools nationwide and encourage children to eat fresh, healthy fruits and vegetables. The produce council learned of the program in 2011 through a presentation by the president of the United Fresh Produce Association, a founding partner of the program.
The produce councilís board of directors wanted their first recipient to be an inner-city school. Five students from East Boston High, called the Healthy Hood Girls, worked on the application for the salad bar under the guidance of a coordinator from Letís Get Moviní, the anti-obesity program for children and teens at East Boston Neighborhood Health Center.
ďOur objective is to donate an electrical salad bar unit each year to a school within the New England area,Ē said Laura Sullivan, executive director of the produce council, in a statement.
The National Fruit and Vegetable Alliance, United Fresh Produce Association Foundation, and Food Family Farming Foundation launched the Letís Move Salad Bars to Schools program in 2010 in concert with First Lady Michelle Obamaís Letís Move! initiative. The first recipient was Riverside Elementary School in Miami, Fla.