SIDNEY — Sidney City Schools has partnered with Pizza Hut to serve students Pizza Hut A+ School Lunch Pizza, as a lunch entree.
Pizza Hut’s special A+ School Lunch Pizza has a whole-grain rich crust and reduced face and sodium toppings, meeting the strict nutritional requirements set for schools. Research shows that students perform better in the classroom when they are well nourished. Serving food they love – pizza – nourishes body and mind.
“Whenever we can provide students a healthy and nutritious meal we know students will eat, it’s a win-win,” said John Scheu, Sidney City Schools superintendent.
The A+ School Lunch Pizza is a source of protein, calcium and vitamin A, and will be prepared with salad, fruit and milk to round out the meal.
Students at all grade levels are giving the pizza two thumbs up.
Sidney City Schools Director of Operations and Food Services Jason McLain reported lunch purchase numbers rising on pizza day.
“Students who might normally pack are now buying school lunch because they know the Pizza Hut brand and have heard from fellow students how good the pizza actually is,” said McLain.
Pizza is delivered fresh, hot and ready to serve, giving cafeteria staff more time to plan and prepare meals for the other days, complete annual continuing education/training requirements and improve the lunchroom experience for the students.
“When it comes to school lunches, our priority is making sure students actually eat the lunch,” said Diane Voress, principal at Sidney Middle School. “We want the food to end up in bellies, not in the trash. More kids are buying and actually eating the lunch on these new Pizza Hut Pizza days.”
“This is one of several options the district is looking at to offer the students delicious and nutritious meal options,” said Scheu. “I would like to personally thank Jason McLain for thinking outside of the box to bring new food choices to the school lunch menu.”
Pizza Hut day at all of the elementary schools takes place on Wednesday; Sidney Middle, High and Alternative schools serve pizza on Thursdays. Students at Sidney Middle School and Sidney High School also have the option of buying additional pizza as an a la carte option. Any leftover pizza is also available at SMS and SHS at a discounted a la carte price.