Austintown Fitch High School revamps salad bar

Congressman Tim Ryan was in attendance at Wednesday's launch of the new salad bar

Austintown Fitch High School reintroduced its salad bar on Wednesday, with some changes.

AUSTINTOWN, Ohio (WKBN) – Austintown Fitch High School is “going green,” as it reintroduced its salad bar to students on Wednesday.

School leaders, along with Youngstown State University internship students, reworked the salad bar to be more cost effective.

Congressman Tim Ryan (D-Niles) was also at Wednesday’s launch. He introduced a bill in 2015 that would direct the U.S. Department of Agriculture to create a plan to promote salad bars.

Austintown Schools Food Service Director Tascin Brooks said she hopes to get more funding for similar programs in the future.

“We need more funding so that we can keep bringing programs like this to our students and encourage them to eat well,” Brooks said.

Ryan said it is important to have access to healthy foods at local high schools.

“Austintown is really leading the way. They have a salad bar. The food is homemade, for the most part, in the cafeteria, so these kids are having access to healthy food, and that’s gotta be the future for us,” he said.

School leaders say the salad bar is one of the most requested items at the high school level.

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