Recently I sat down with Ms. Debby to talk about the new salad bar option in our Dining Commons. This is what she had to say . . .
Normally I wouldn’t declare any new program a “success” so early in the year, but the response to our new daily salad bar has been so positive I think it is safe to say that it is a real hit.
Our salad bar includes lettuce (romaine at present, but it varies with the season and availability), various freshly prepared vegetables, a variety of protein sources such as cheese, chopped eggs, meats and beans, wheat crackers, croutons and several choices of individually portioned dressings. Students choosing the salad bar option also receive milk and fruit qualifying this as a complete meal for everyone whether or not the student qualifies for free or reduced meals.
The salad bar is available as a choice to students in grades 4-8. We have been delighted and a little bit surprised that so far more of these students are choosing the salad bar option than the hot option.
With our younger students we offer salad a little differently. Their hot meals are plated and served at their assigned tables. Tossed salad with dressing is available to them as an “extra” each day that the salad bar is offered to the upper grades. Our hope is that by making salad available to them daily, these younger ones will learn to consider greens an enjoyable part of a good meal.
Thanks Ms. Debby. You’ve got the best lunch in town!