I was reading the menu right around lunchtime and my stomach certainly approved - and so did my nutritionist brain! Sure, there were plenty of typical teen-pleasing options (hamburgers, veggies burgers, tacos, and the like), but there was also Teriyaki Chicken over Veggies and
Brown Rice, a Turkey and Mandarin Wrap, and a Veggie Hoagie. Clearly, these school meals rock!
Then my eyes landed on the words at the very bottom of the menu: Pizza Pi ... and I naturally thought what kind of pizza is that? Well, it's an amazing example of what I am calling the "Tipping Point in School Meals." Here's a slightly edited description in Tanya's own words:
The Pizza PI is a fun new program that we started last spring. With some ARRA funds, we purchased a pizza oven. We spent the winter researching crust, toppings, and recipes to come up with 5 pizzas. Then we went to our 7 secondary school sites, and met with student leadership – pizza samples in hand. We explained the concept, let them try it, and they filled out a survey letting us know what they liked, didn't like, and what should change. At the same time we held a contest to name our pizza, with an iPod Touch as a prize for the student (and his/her teacher) of the winning name. The media got involved with the contest and participation soared. An 8th grader came up with the winning name, Pizza Pi: Intelligence in Every Bite.All I can add is WOW - Pizza Pi rocks in my book !