In January of this year, 28 schools from all corners of BC received grants to host a Farm to School Salad Bar program for students, staff, teachers and parents. The following story is a snapshot of one school’s experience with starting up a salad bar.
“Healthy food has made such a difference for our students. They function better in the classroom and are learning how to make healthy choices. Student knowledge of nutritional options is improving, as is their understanding of the farm-to-plate process.”
- Lillooet Secondary School Salad Bar Team member -
Lillooet Secondary School is located in Interior British Columbia and has 231 students.Lillooet has been serving a salad bar to students on a daily basis, which constitutes of 4 vegetables and 5 fruits, as well as stirfry and whole grain rice, chili, whole wheat buns, soups, veggie and meat subs, soft taco salads, and pasta and potato salad. The Salad Bar Program has benefitted the school in multiple ways.Several of the students involved in the program have learning difficulties and struggle with academics. The program has provided them with Life Skills class in which they can excel and allowed them to buy-in and be engaged in something meaningful.One of the students has gained confidence through working in the canteen where she volunteers during her lunch breaks.In turn, she is fed through the program. Lillooet has also been providing a experiential education related to the Salad Bar program. They offer two classes that are dedicated to purchasing and preparing the food on a daily basis, as well as a newly launched Greenhouse class.Students go to the stores or the farmer’s markets (when open) to shop for local food.The students cook everyday and participated in food preservation this past year.A direct quote from Lillooet was, “Overall, this is an important movement and one that we can only continue to grow in the future, especially with the help of programs such as Farm to School. Thank you!”