BRUNSWICK — Lunchtime at St. Ambrose Catholic School became more colorful Tuesday with the addition of a salad bar that allows students to create their own healthy lunch.
The salad bar was donated by Dole Food Co. and Marc’s grocery stores through a partnership with United Fresh Start Foundation.
Principal Lisa Cinadr said education should not come to a halt during lunch, and it is a great opportunity to educate students about making healthy food choices.
“Here at St. Ambrose we are committed to educating the whole child, and health and wellness is a piece of that,” Cinadr said. “This is a big step for us.”
Students gathered in the school’s cafeteria Tuesday afternoon for a ribbon-cutting ceremony that included representatives from Brunswick, Dole, Marc’s and the Catholic Diocese of Cleveland.
Mike Tomko, vice president of produce and deli operations for Marc’s, said he hopes the healthy eating habits students have access to at school will make their way back home with them.
“Our hope is you guys make some really good salads for lunch, and then you go with Mom and Dad to the Marc’s in Brunswick and teach them how to buy healthy fruits and vegetables,” Tomko said.
The Rev. Bob Stec, pastor of St. Ambrose Catholic Church, said the salad bar serves as another example of how the school continues to evolve.
“We are constantly working, growing, changing,” Stec said. “We want to help all of ours students and our faculty every single day to have the best possible choices, healthy choices, holy choices.”
Ambrose student council President Mollie Stracensky said she is pleased that students will have the option to make healthy choices.
“It is a great way to educate students and give them the opportunity to make those healthy choices that will hopefully stick with them for the rest of their lives,” Mollie said.
Dole spokesman Bill Goldfield said working to put salad bars in schools is one way the fruit and vegetable company can show its support for childhood nutrition.
“We take pride in growing and providing the most flavorful produce; but for us to have an impact, it has to be enjoyed,” Goldfield said.
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