Whole Foods Market is ensuring kids eat and stay healthy at school by donating 57 salad bars to New York City public schools, New York City’s Mayor Mike Bloomberg’s website announced.
Today, while at the opening of the new Whole Foods at East 57th Street, the popular all-natural grocery store announced it wants school children to have healthy options. So, they will provide over $300,000 worth of fruits and veggies throughout five boroughs.
Mayor Bloomberg attended the opening in celebration of Whole Foods’ big reveal and said, “Thanks to our pioneering initiatives, New York City has recently defied the national trend and seen an unprecedented decline in childhood obesity. Giving every student access to healthy fruit and vegetables is the next step in countering the obesity epidemic and getting kids started on a healthy habit for life.
“Kids love salad bars in schools – I keep hearing that they are often the first choice for lunch – and this donation from Whole Foods will help bring this delicious and healthy option to more kids.”
The Whole Foods donation is through the Whole Kids Foundation, which is dedicated to improving childhood nutrition through increased access to healthy foods.
The Department of Education, the Mayor’s Fund and the Fund for Public Schools has already installed 1,000 salad bars in City schools as part of the NYC School Salad Bar initiative. By 2015, the Mayor’s Task Force on Obesity will finish installing salad bars in every public school across the entire city.
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