Chartwells serving Barilla Plus pasta in school lunches

by Eric Schroeder
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RYE BROOK, N.Y. — Chartwells School Dining Services, a company that provides dining services to more than 600 public schools districts and private schools, has partnered with Barilla America to serve Barilla Plus, a multi-grain pasta that may be served as both a meat alternative and a bread alternative to schools participating in the National School Lunch Program.

In April of this year, the pasta was approved by the Food and Nutrition Service of the U.S.D.A., which said the pasta’s protein-rich mixture of lentils, chick peas and egg whites contribute 1-oz of meat alternate and 2 servings of bread alternate in the federally-reimbursed food service programs.

"Chartwells is committed to identifying and providing a wide range of choices to help the students we serve have healthier meal options they will enjoy," said Margie Saidel, director of nutrition for Chartwells. "Barilla Plus is a good source of protein, fiber and omega-3 fatty acids and is a welcome addition to our Balanced Choices program."

Balanced Choices is Chartwells’ comprehensive approach to students’ health and wellness and includes better-for-you meals, snacks and beverages.

Chartwells said it plans to use several different recipes with Barilla Plus pasta, including Fruity Elbow Salad, Cheesy Tomato Rotini, Ginger Basil Longevity Noodles and Chicken Fajita Pasta Toss.

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