Some of the things Shannon has worked on since she became Huband Elementary Salad Bar Coordinator: 
  • Created check lists for kitchen volunteers – according to feature of the week. What ingredients and how much to be served.
  • Created grocery lists (according to feature of the week)
  • Weekly totals are recorded:  cost of groceries, number of students on list, number of plates served, weight of the waste, what class helped serve, who volunteered and what feature was served.
  • 11 of our 16 volunteers took the food safe course
  • We now have three wonderful ladies that do all our grocery shopping every Monday (the day before salad bar).   Shannon creates a weekly grocery list and email it to them by Sunday night.
  • Created a nutritional education board that is changed monthly:  Eating a rainbow, what is our carbon footprint, meet the farmers and next month will feature the salad bar volunteers and their kids.
  • Increased our volunteers from 5 to 20
  • Create a schedule for volunteers so everyone is getting time off (salad bar is a full day of volunteering and in order for salad bar to be sustainable ….volunteers need to be rotated)
  • Added a second salad bar, and doubled the equipment
  • New large cabinet for all our salad bar equipment
  • Created a rotation schedule for student helpers (Gr 4-7) each week.   6 helpers from 11:15 to 12:00.   Each week a different class helps out. 
  • Have aprons made and embroidered in school colors for kids to wear (kids are so proud to wear them).   Helps to increase the buzz around salad bar and community. 
  • Add Greek day:   We now have: Mediterranean wraps, Mexican, Asian, Buns, Italian pasta, and homemade pizza day.   These are all special “features” that are an addition to the rainbow of salad. 
  • Decreased waste from 13 lbs to an average of 4-5 lbs.   Education in classes was very helpful.
  • Education in each classroom about waste 2x. 
  • Waste is fed to the local chickens
  • We have been in the local newspaper twice
  • We have a salad bar video on youtube: 
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=z_90fn9MUf4
  • Huband salad bar has been featured in the Edible Valley Podcast:  http://www.ediblevalley.com/e/episode-145-how-do-you-get-kids-to-eat-their-vegetables/
  • Organized 3 Vanier students  from the prep program to come each week from 9:45 till 11:15 to cut all the veggies, help with set up and eat salad bar – they come with a support worker
  • We have had 6 student nurses come to help out from our local college
  • Outsourced more local farms / ingredients / bakery / butcher
  • New principal is very supportive of salad bar which makes all these things easier to implement
  • Almost doubled the amount of kids eating salad bar –  130–150 (2016-2017) to 210–220 (2017-2018).
  • Several friendships have come out of the salad bar program along with many social events outside of school.   Proud to say we have created a “salad bar community!”