Whole Foods donation day will pay to put salads in schools

Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green - Whole Foods

Here’s a neat little way to get your kids to eat their vegetables. It may not work on all children, but may strike a chord with those who have a strong social conscience.

Whole Foods Market is giving shoppers an added incentive to eat their greens with a donation day titled: “Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green.” For every pound of food purchased from its salad and hot bars on Sunday, September 9th, Whole Foods Market will donate $1 to the Whole Kids Foundation. The money will help fund salad bar grants in schools throughout Southern California, Arizona, Las Vegas and Hawaii.

A Salad Bar in Every School - Whole Foods

“We know our local shoppers are as passionate as we are about bringing better nutrition choices to kids at school,” said Patrick Bradley, regional president for Whole Foods Market Southern Pacific region. “The ‘Eat Your Greens to Give Some Green’ donation day is our chance to put our money where our mouth is – in the greens!”

Whole Foods Market is a founding member of the “Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools” initiative. The program aims to provide 6,000 school salad bars across the nation by 2013. The project supports the larger umbrella campaign, created by First Lady Michelle Obama, called “Let’s Move!”. The program’s goal is to end childhood obesity by bringing fruit and vegetable options to kids at school.

Currently, 121 schools throughout the U.S. Southern Pacific Region are already benefiting from salad bars in schools. And more than 220 additional schools are eagerly awaiting their applications to be funded. According to parents, teachers and administrators, it’s making a difference for those students who already have access to salad bars.