Papa Gino's has launched its School Smart Pizza Program after testing the initiative in several school systems. The program meets national the new USDA school lunch requirements that will be implemented in the 2014-15 school year.
According to a news release, the company's large cheese and pepperoni pizzas are made with 100-percent whole grain-rich products, are transfat-free and meet national requirements or sodium, calories, saturated fat, grains and whole grains. Papa Gino's 14-inch School Smart Pizza has 4 grams of fat and provides 12 percent of a student's daily fiber per slice. At 210 calories per slice, school cafeterias can offer two slices per student and remain within the recommended calories and fat requirements.
"Papa Gino's created a whole grain rich dough that meets and exceeds the USDA school nutrition requirements, while giving children the high-quality, flavor-rich pizza they crave," said Andre Fuehr, executive chef of Papa Gino's Pizzeria. "By serving our School Smart pizza, school systems can comply with the USDA standards and receive credits for their lunch program and put those savings toward new equipment purchases or services."
Papa Gino's school lunch items are in more than 125 school cafeterias throughout the New England region.
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