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Riverside Unified School District Farmers’ Market Salad Bar Program

Intent of the Intervention

The Riverside Unified School District (RUSD) Farm to School Program is a practice-based intervention designed to promote healthy eating in children by increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and providing nutrition education to increase knowledge of and improve attitudes toward eating a variety of locally grown produce. The RUSD approach is revenue neutral for the district’s nutrition services and income-generating for local, small farmers.

The RUSD Farm to School Program addresses multiple levels of the socio-ecologic model with a primary focus on changing the school environment to increase access to fruits and vegetables and a secondary focus on individual behavior change. Additionally, the program impacts community environments by supporting local, small farms and helping to preserve farmland.

The following link provides a short video highlighting the program’s 5th Anniversary Celebration: http://vimeo.com/14257387