Two years ago, there were few, if any, salad bars in Oakland school cafeterias. Now, there are 38 of them. And because of a $16,700 state agriculture grant, five more school cafeterias — serving kids from 10 schools — will offer fresh fruits and veggies every day.
The latest round of salad bars will materialize on the Jefferson campus (Jefferson Elementary, Learning Without Limits, and Global Families); Brookfield Elementary; Melrose Leadership Academy; Webster campus (Webster & East Oakland Pride); Lockwood Campus (Lockwood, Futures, & Community United).
Oakland’s nutrition service director, Jennifer LeBarre, says the district plans to add another 15 this year, not counting those five, which will bring the total to 58.
There are so many schools in OUSD, though, that salad-eaters at 28 elementary schools, seven middle schools and 10 high schools will have to bring their greens from home for awhile longer.