Students at the Curley Upper School, in Boston’s Jamaica Plain neighborhood, had the opportunity to “preview” and sample the salad bar that will operate in their cafeteria next year.  The Salad Bar, provided via the Salad Bars to Schools Foundation, was funded by the local Jamaica Plain Whole Foods Market.

Curley Principal Jeff Slater, along with Guidance Counselor Susan Trotz, both instrumental in the success of the project, were thrilled to see their students excited about healthy eating.  On the three days the bar operated this year, almost half of the students eating lunch in the cafeteria at the Curley school opted for the salad bar.  The bar was stocked with fresh romaine lettuce, baby spinach, cherry tomatoes, cucumbers, carrots, sliced red cabbage, bean salads, turkey, ham, and low-fat mozzarella cheese.  Served with a choice of milk and whole wheat pita or rolls, the salad bar option is a full reimbursable school meal.

The Curley salad bar is the first salad bar in BPS to open and operate at the Middle School level, and along with 5 bars in BPS High Schools, is one of 6 bars currently in service across the district.  FNS staff, lead by Cafeteria Manager Rina Santillian, are excited about continuing the salad bar in the 2012-2013 school year.