Pilot effort to increase fresh fruit and vegetable choices through classroom nutrition education and salad bars in two Chicago minority schools

In fall 2002, a consortium of community-based organizations, faith-based organizations, technical assistance providers, and academic institutions was formalized as the Chicago Food System Collaborative (CFSC). The mission of CFSC is to design and implement a comprehensive response to food security issues and help increase access to healthy foods in minority communities. Following an assessment of the school food environments in the Chicago public schools, CFSC concluded that there is a lack of access to fresh fruits and vegetables in schools. Additionally, there are limited school-based nutrition education classes offered to Chicago public school children. The purpose of this project is to increase school children's exposure to and intake of fresh fruits and vegetables through salad bars. In addition to the salad bar, an educational component will be delivered in classrooms that will support and reinforce healthy eating choices. School food vendors will be involved early on in the process to assist in improving the availability of healthy menu choices. The project will be considered successful if it improves children's knowledge and attitudes toward fruits and vegetables and increases overall consumption.

Grant Details

Amount Awarded $65,000.00

Awarded on: 6/14/2005

Time frame: 7/1/2005 - 9/30/2006

Grant Number: 53126


Loyola University-Chicago Graduate School, Center for Urban Research and Learning

Cuneo Hall 4thh Floor
1032 West Sheridan Road
Chicago, 60660-1537


Phil Nyden
Project Director