Last week, Boston Public Schools launched salad bars in two high schools: Boston Arts Academy / Fenway High School and East Boston High School.
At Boston Arts Academy / Fenway High School, the Salad Bar is available Monday through Thursday, and so far serving over 120 students daily. Students are able to select their favorite vegetables along with protein choices of turkey, chicken, hummus, ham, and cheeses. A variety of low-fat dressings are available, along with whole grain rolls and pita bread.
Lynder Thomas and her staff are very excited about this new addition to their menu and thrilled with the feedback from students. The administrative and custodial staff is also very enthusiastic and cooperative and has worked with Debra Korzec, Field Coordinator, and the entire Department of Food and Nutrition Services in making this new addition a success!
Over at East Boston High School, the salad bar initiative was initially undertaken by the Healthy Hood Club, a youth organization which was launched last year by Cait Van Damm and Alison Smizer of the East Boston Neighborhood Health Center. The Healthy Hood Club applied to the Salad Bars to Schools Foundation last spring for the $2500.00 needed to purchase a salad bar for their school.
In a surprising turn of events, the Salad Bars to Schools Foundation approved more salad bars than they had money to fund, meaning that East Boston High and the Healthy Hood Club would need to find alternative funding to make the salad bar a reality at their school.
The Healthy Hood Club turned to Cafeteria Manger, Jennie Hall, and Field Supervisor, Patty Courteau, for help. In collaboration with the school administration along with Shamil Mohammed, the Interim Director of Food and Nutrition Services at BPS, Jennie and Patty were able to set up a self-service “salad line” with equipment already available in the school cafeteria.
So far, the salad line at East Boston High School has been a tremendous success. Over 200 students were served the first day, and that number is on the rise!