Survey finds widespread salad bar use

Friday, August 29, 2014

More than 60% of 1,100 school districts polled this year offer salad or produce bars, according to a national survey from the School Nutrition Association.

In a report called “State of School Nutrition 2014,” the National Harbor, Md.-based group reported 63% of school districts report offering salad or produce bars, while 69% offer pre-packaged salads. The survey also found that 52% of districts surveyed serve locally sourced fruits and vegetables, up from 48% in 2011.

A variety of methods are being employed to lure kids to try healthy food options, according to the survey. Student taste testing of new menu items is attempted in 64% of school districts surveyed, and 55% offer nutrition education in the classroom, according to the release.

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