It’s a standard joke that kids won’t eat their vegetables, but when the lunch bells bring students to the cafeteria at Blanche Reynolds School in Ventura, over 400 students from kindergarten through eighth grade head enthusiastically to a shiny new self-serve salad bar.
Installed with financial support from the Bank, it is easy for staff to use, easy for students to reach, and accommodates a greater variety of fruits, vegetables, and condiments than previously available.
Each day at Blanche Reynolds, students get their regular lunch, along with access to the salad bar, which is stocked with fresh, colorful items that go well with that particular day’s lunch. This has encouraged students to try new foods, add variety to their diets, and create their own meals, meaning less food goes in the trash.
The salad bar is one of 11 funded by Rabobank for the Kern Union High School District, Hickman Community Charter District, and Ventura Unified School District (Superintendent, Dr. Trudy Arriaga; Director, Food and Nutrition Services, Kara Muniz; and Operations Specialist, Katherine Martin, pictured from left to right) through the Let’s Move Salad Bars to California Schools initiative, launched in 2012 by the United Fresh Produce Foundation.
The Bank’s contribution stems from its recognition that most kids don’t eat the recommended daily amounts of fruits and vegetables, and good nutrition leads to better academic performance.
“The most successful children are supported at home, school, and in the wider community,” concluded Anne Roundy-Harter, Blanche Reynolds’ principal (not pictured).