Huband Park Elementary School started its salad bar lunch program in 2013. Photo by Scott Strasser.

Huband Park Elementary receives $10,000 grant to expand salad bar lunch program

A $10,000 grant will allow a Comox Valley elementary school to expand its ever-growing salad bar lunch program for K-7 students.

Huband Park Elementary School received the grant this year from Farm To School BC.

The salad bar program started in 2013 and takes place every Tuesday. The program begins in mid- to late September and runs throughout the school year.

“It’s a program that enables the kids at Huband to get a healthy salad lunch once a week, which is facilitated by parent volunteers,” said Arzeena Hamir, a local farmer and one of the parents involved with organizing the program.

“Wherever possible, we serve locally grown produce. Especially in the spring and late summer, at least 60 per cent of the salad bar comes from local farms.”

Read More: Courtenay students learn to eat their veggies

According to Hamir, the program has expanded from serving roughly 50 kids per week in its first year to now serving more than 180 kids per week — roughly half the school’s population.

She said the grant will allow the school to purchase new equipment, as well as offer more educational opportunities.

The program previously received a similar grant from the provincial government in 2013 to buy equipment and start off the initiative.

“The funds will be used to purchase equipment and bring more educational tools into classrooms, so kids can learn more about where their food comes from, meet farmers and learn more about the food system,” she said.

The salad bar features a selection of fresh greens, carrots, cherry tomatoes, and sweet peppers, as well as sauces and heartier salad toppings like chickpeas.

The lunches also include at least two proteins and a carbohydrate.

While Huband Elementary was the first school in the Comox Valley to offer a salad bar lunch program, a few others in School District 71 have followed suit, including Ecole Robb Road and Lake Trail Middle School.

“It’s been a great program in a couple of ways,” said school principal Charles Schilling. “We’re obviously feeding kids. Part of it is for kids to learn about food — where it comes from, serving sizes, etc. As well, there’s the support we give to kids in terms of promoting healthy food.”

Just Posted

Nursing graduates coming to work at Comox Valley, Campbell River hospitals

Twenty-two casual and temporary nurses will be hired

Saratoga Speedway celebrates its 50th opening night of racing May 5

In 1968 the central Vancouver Island communities and business came together to… Continue reading

Cumberland May Day Bean Dinner planned

Labour Minister Harry Bains as guest speaker at annual event

Draft plan for Union Bay coal hills remediation to be submitted this spring

West Fraser Mills is paying for the installation of an engineered membrane

Crowdfunding page created for family of Comox Valley man killed in Peru

A GoFundMe page has been created for the family of Sebastian Woodroffe,… Continue reading

VIDEO: B.C. ‘escapologist’ stuns judges on Britain’s Got Talent

Matt Johnson says televised water stunt was closest he’s come to death

NAFTA talks hold Foreign Affairs Minister in Washington, substitute heads to NATO summit

NAFTA talks keeping Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, sends substitute to NATO summit

Britain gives long-lost Franklin expedition ships to Canada, Inuit

Deeds to HMS Erebus and HMS Terror signed over to Canada and Inuit Heritage Trust

Grief over deadly Toronto van attack sinks in

Three days after rampage, people still gathering at memorial to lay flowers and honour victims

Liberals urged to tax e-commerce services like Netflix

Trudeau has been adamant that his government wouldn’t increase taxes on online subscriptions

Why some B.C. daycares didn’t opt in to subsidy program

Deadline passes for program aimed at laying foundation for universal child care

Charges follow collisions between pickup and police vehicles in Nanaimo

Majore Jackson, 32, and Andrew John Bellwood, 47, from Nanaimo, face numerous charges

WATCH: Moms Stop The Harm respond to opioid crisis

Someone asked her if she does the work for her son. McBain said: “No, actually. I do it for your son.”

Most Read