Charlottesville Schools Implement Salad Lunch Program
Charlottesville schools are going green these days. A new program called "Salad Sensations" is now in every public school in the city.
Charlottesville High School has had a salad bar option for years. Now, children in the middle and elementary schools can get fresh produce of their choice too.
Students fill out a form that's available online or at the school. Then, instead of premade salads, they can choose their own toppings. Options include dark greens or fresh spinach, diced chicken, tuna salad, and various toppings.
School nutritionists say more than half of the students have used the salad program.
"I think children deserve a choice I mean, they're our customers and if we don't make them happy then we're not going to be happy because we're not going to have a job," said Sandra Vazques, school nutritionist at CHS.
Charlottesville High School has also started a "centralized kitchen," where a chef makes large batches of meals from scratch, using many local ingredients, and then delivers it to all other schools. So far they've had homemade spaghetti sauce and black bean salsa.
School nutritionists say they serve about 40 "Salad Sensation" meals per school each day.