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Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation Donates Salad Bars to 15 Georgia Schools, Four in Gwinnett

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In partnership with Let”s Move Salad Bars to Schools and CBS Atlanta, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation is donating salad bars to 15 Georgia schools, including four in Gwinnett County.

Let”s Move Salad Bars to Schools is a national effort to increase the amount and variety of fruits and vegetables in school lunchrooms. The donations are part of AFYF”s ongoing work to reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness in Georgia.

The winners are:

  • Berkmar Middle School, Gwinnett County
  • Couch Middle School, Gwinnett County
  • Knight Elementary School, Gwinnett County
  • Buice School, Gwinnett County
  • Atlanta Preparatory Academy
  • Atlanta Neighborhood Charter School
  • Drew Charter School, Atlanta
  • KIPP Atlanta Collegiate
  • KIPP South Fulton Academy
  • Tucker High School, DeKalb County
  • Baldwin County Schools (2 schools)
  • Floyd County Schools
  • Carrollton City Schools
  • Polk County Schools

“Students are our customers, and students like the variety and options available on salad bars,”# said Ken Yant, Director of Gwinnett”s School Nutrition Program. “With well-stocked salad bars, we can make the healthy choice the easy choice.”#

To date, the Let”s Move Salad Bars program has awarded salad bars to more than 1,200 schools across the country, providing more than 600,000 students more fruit and vegetable options in school cafeterias.

The AFYF awards culminate a two-month statewide campaign to promote salad bars. AFYF received requests for salad bars for more than 40 schools. With the salad bar donations, AFYF is providing nutrition staff at winning schools with training on how to manage the salad bars successfully.

Let”s Move Salad Bars to Schools is seeking donations for the other eligible schools not yet funded. Schools may continue to apply up until June 1, when the application process will close during the summer break. Let”s Move Salad Bars to Schools will open the application process again September 1. Visit saladbars2schools.org for more information on donating to salad bars and submitting applications.

CBS Atlanta, through its Fit Kids, Fit Families initiative, is committed to helping families find easy ways to improve their overall fitness and to reduce rates of childhood obesity. View CBS Atlanta”s coverage of the salad bar campaign and other projects at Fit Kids, Fit Families.

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About The Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation:
Investing across Georgia, the Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation helps nonprofit organizations reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness. The foundation was established in 1985 to serve as the philanthropic arm of the Atlanta Falcons. Since Arthur Blank acquired the Atlanta Falcons in 2002, the foundation has grown to be the largest owner-funded foundation in the National Football League, providing more than $17 million in grants to nonprofit organizations across the state of Georgia.