On Sunday, September 9th, Whole Foods Market will donate $1 for every pound of food purchased at its salad and hot food bars in its Southern Pacific region stores (Southern California, Hawaii, Arizona & Las Vegas) to help put salad bars and gardens in local schools through the Whole Kids Foundation.
Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green is an initiative we at MomsLA support and we hope you’ll do your best to shop at a Whole Foods Market in your area this Sunday.
The importance of making fresh vegetables available in schools cannot be overstated. My local school is Title 1, which means a majority of the students qualify for free lunches, supplied by the school district through State and Federal programs. Many times, those lunches consist of processed foods and little else.
And for way too many students, that food may be the only food they’ll eat all day. This is just one reason it’s so crucial to get salad bars loaded with fresh vegetables and fruit into schools.
Another reason to support gardens and salad bars in schools is to help combat childhood obesity. Giving kids healthy food to eat is a critical part of slowing the obesity epidemic, and it’s something First Lady Michelle Obama has made a cornerstone of her Let’s Move initiative. And Whole Foods’ Whole Kids Foundation supports the First Lady as well with their Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools website.