The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation has donated four salad bars to four Gwinnett County Public Schools to help enhance the meal options available to students. This gesture is part of the organization's "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" effort.
Currently the organization had provided salad bars to fifteen Georgia Schools including four from Gwinnett: Knight Elementary, Berkmar Middle, Couch Middle and Buice School. In all, the program has awarded salad bars to over 1,200 schools across the country. The "Let's Move Salad Bars to Schools" is a national effort to increase the quantity and selection of fruit and vegetables in school lunchrooms.
In Gwinnett, the School Nutrition Program (SNP) has served 756 chef salads and 2,086,078 side salads. “Students are our customers, and students like the variety and options available on salad bars. With well-stocked salad bars, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice," Ken Yant Gwinnett's director of the SNP stated in a press release.
Karen Hallford, Gwinnett's registered dietitian stated, "Salad bars allow our students to build their own salads, experiment with fruits and veggies that they may not be familiar with and get creative with healthy foods. They can also choose the items that they love or change things up from day to day.”
The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation works to help nonprofit organizations decrease obesity in children and encourage youth fitness. The foundation is the largest owner-funded foundation in the NFL since being acquired by Arthur Blank in 2002. The foundation has funded more than $17 million in grants to non-profits in the state of Georgia.