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Riverside Unified School District Farmers’ Market Salad Bar Program

Health Equity Considerations

The Riverside (CA) Unified School District (RUSD) Farm to School Program is designed to promote healthy eating in children by increasing the availability of fruits and vegetables in school lunches and providing nutrition education to increase knowledge of and improve attitudes toward eating a variety of locally grown produce. The RUSD Farmers’ Market Salad Bar Program was evaluated with 29 elementary schools in the district with a student population of 24,077. The school district’s student population is 53% Latino, and 60% of all students are eligible for free or reduced-price lunch.