A Philadelphia area charter school, People for People is one of four schools participating in the "Eatiquette" program. On the menu: baked ziti with a side of roasted fennel salad and, for dessert, cinnamon apple rice pudding.
The program was designed by a local chef, Marc Vetri, to provide low cost, nutritious lunches to schools. The lunches are served family style, with students passing around large bowls of food and helping themselves to a serving. (Why do I think there will be plenty fennel salad left over?)
Eatiquette is predicated on the use of fresh ingredients prepared on site. Processed meats are prohibited, and schools follow seasonal menu cycles to ensure there's no need for canned or frozen produce. The Vetri Foundation For Children donates round tables and chairs to replace traditional rectangular tables and bench seating.
At People For People, where about 80 percent of students qualify for free or reduced-price meals, the staff prepares nearly 540 lunches per day. The meals fully comply with federal school lunch regulations and cost about $1.50 to make, excluding labor.