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Release Date: 01.27.2012 | Location: All Metro Atlanta | Organization: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation to Donate Salad Bars to Georgia Schools

Schools Must Apply by February 15 to Compete for Donations

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.

Schools must submit applications by February 15, 2012, to be considered for the first round of salad bar donations. AFYF will announce winning schools in early March.

Through the Let’s Move Salad Bars program, a national campaign to increase consumption of fruits and vegetables, AFYF will provide salad bars to at least 15 Georgia schools in 2012 and provide training to school nutrition staff on how to manage the salad bars successfully. Based on the number of applications generated, AFYF may consider additional salad bar donations.

The project is part of AFYF’s ongoing work to reduce childhood obesity and improve youth fitness in Georgia. To date, the Let’s Move Salad Bars program has awarded salad bars to 1,076 schools across the country, providing more than 530,000 students with the choice to eat more fruits and vegetables.

"One of the best ways we can get kids to eat healthier is to make sure there is a variety of healthy, good tasting food right there when kids are sitting down to lunch," said John Bare vice president of The Arthur M. Blank Family Foundation, of which AFYF is an affiliated fund. "With salad bars, schools can make the healthy choice the easy choice."

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 project at the Fit Kids, Fit Families web site.

How To Apply

Schools must apply through the Let’s Move Salad Bar online portal:

Any Georgia K-12 school or school district participating in the National School Lunch Program is eligible to apply.

Grant guidelines and a Frequently Asked Questions document are available at the site.

Grant awards will be based on the presence of a student or faculty champion, the percentage of students participating in the free/reduced lunch program, participation in the Healthier US School Challenge program and the capacity to implement a salad bar program effectively. For applicant schools that do not receive salad bar donations through the AFYF grant, Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools may help eligible schools identify other funding sources.

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.

Contact Info

Contact Name: John Bare

Company: Atlanta Falcons Youth Foundation

Phone: 404.367.2062