March 13—Madison, Wis., schools are not giving up on bringing fresh vegetables to the lunch table.
Though it sounds simple — just give the kids some carrots!— adding a significant number of fresh vegetables and fruit to a school-provided lunch is anything but. From the bureaucracy surrounding food buying to tight budget constraints and schools’ own outdated facilities, most of Madison’s schools are ill-equipped to provide the nutrition parents demand.
Earlier this week, schools made a new step toward a healthier lunch hour. The Whole Kids Foundation, a charitable arm of Whole Foods, donated 15 salad bars to Madison area elementary schools.