Boston schools close salad bars due to costs

Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain has refused to restock its salad bar since September and has restocked snacks, including cookies and chips, during lunch.

BOSTON—They stopped selling junk food at lunch and they persuaded a health-conscious food organization to donate a salad bar for their cafeteria so students could eat fresh romaine, cherry tomatoes, and bean salads instead of ice cream and potato chips.

By all accounts the fight against childhood obesity and diabetes appeared to be on the upswing at the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain. The salad bar, offered twice a week to the upper grades, was a big hit with about half the students.

But it’s gone.