Move over Pizza Hut, the Personal Pan is not the only personal pizzas being served in Manchester for lunch.  Coffee County Central High School has started this year servings over 500 Smart Mouth Pizzas daily as part of the school lunch program.

Just like a restaurant brand, pizza dough is thawed and proofed overnight in pans, then sauced and topped to be run through a pizza oven.

“It’s increased our participation (school lunch purchases) by over 100 meals,” said Carlan Cotton Director of School Nutrition for Coffee County Schools.

She explained that she had sampled Smart Mouth Pizza at a food expo, and liked it. A salesman told her how well the line was doing at other schools in the region.

Cotton said that the pizza differs from normal pizza day in that it’s a totally fresh.

“It’s made, comes right out of the oven and onto the (serving line) shelf.”

Students go through a self-serve pizza line and add a side of fruit or vegetable for $2.50. Pizzas á la carte are $3.50 each.

The meal qualifies as a reimbursable meal, so it meets all the nutritional requirements of a school lunch.

“It has the grains, the vegetables and the meat or meat alternate, we add a fruit and the milk. Students can buy it for $2.50.

The school makes 500 pizzas a day which amounts to well over half the 700-780 lunches that the school sells daily.

“It’s about 100 more a day, compared to last year,” said Brenda Sissom, CHS lunchroom manager.

“I was just excited when Carlan brought them to me. The kids say it’s real pizza, not like what we had last year.”

She said that the students in particular like the honey wheat whole grain crust much better than last year’s.

Eventually, the school will add breadsticks and calzones.

The edgy, fun appeal of the name, Smart Mouth Pizza denotes that product is a good choice for students’ nutrition. It offers the slogan “Choose Your Fuel” because  the food offers all four food groups, and offers a nutrient-rich crust and top quality ingredients, according to the brand’s website.

 

John has been with the Manchester Times since May 2011. He covers Lifestyles in addition to handling education reporting and general news assignments.John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. John is a 1994 graduate of Tullahoma High School, a graduate of Motlow State Community College and earned a Bachelor of Arts in English from Middle Tennessee State University. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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John has won Tennessee Press Association awards for Best News Photo and placed in numerous other categories. He is a graduate of THS, Motlow and MTSU. He lives in Tullahoma, and enjoys the outdoors with his wife, Mitsy, and his 17-month-old, Sean.

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