Campaign success: Soup returns to PHS PDF Print E-mail
Written by PETER KUEBECK Sentinel Staff Writer   
Saturday, 13 April 2013 08:22
PERRYSBURG - "Soup's on" at Perrysburg High School again.
USDA Food and Nutrition Administrator Audrey Rowe returned to the school Wednesday after making good on her promise to return popular soup options to the school lunch menu.
Rowe visited the school last September to discuss the new federal school meal nutrition standards, which didn't allow soup as an offering at schools, in favor of less meat and more whole grains, among other changes.
At that time, a group of girls spoke to Rowe and asked for soup to return. The soups are made on-site from scratch.
Perrysburg wasn't alone in its displeasure with the new guidelines.
"We were hearing it from a lot of schools" regarding certain foods could no longer be served, said Rowe, who came to Perrysburg after a visit to schools in Evanston, Ill.
Armed with the objections of students from Perrysburg and others across the country, Rowe went back and the new guidelines were reexamined.
However, it took time, and a sophomore, Mallory Gremler, wrote Rowe a letter reminding her of Perrysburg's desire for soups to return.
She wrote "You promised. We still don't' have soup. What's happening?" recalled Rowe, words which she said jump-started her into action.
Certain parts of the guidelines were relaxed nationally, and Perrysburg High School was able to reformulate some of its dishes, including the popular soups. The soups returned early this year.
Soups now offered on the menu include chili, white chicken chili, pasta fagoli, vegetable chicken noodle, chicken tortilla, chicken and dumpling, and vegetable soup. Different soups are offered each day. The school is also including other innovative lunch items, such as a General Tso's chicken wrap.
During lunch on Wednesday, the popularity of soups was clear - the line for the soup, salad and sandwich line in the cafeteria clearly dwarfed the others.
"It's really good," said freshman Lorna Fletcher, who had that day's chicken noodle soup on her tray as part of her lunch. "It tastes homemade."

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