National sandwich contest to raise awareness of unpaid meal charges in schools

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Hot Pressed Cubano

~ Press release issued by Page County Public Schools

LURAY, March 8 ― Now through the end of March, School Nutrition Industry Professionals (SNIP) is hosting 2023 Spectacular Sandwich Throwdown to raise awareness and funds to paydown Unpaid Meal Charges incurred by the school nutrition program.

Page County Public Schools has submitted a Hot Pressed Cubano (seen above), which is USDA-compliant recipe, at — where students, parents and community members can vote and donate to the cause. Page County Public Schools’ sandwich was the only submission from Virginia and one of 23 divisions nationwide.

Page County Public Schools operates the Community Eligibility Provision (CEP), which allows each student one free breakfast and one free lunch each school day. The division still has more than $40,000 in unpaid meal charges from meals served prior to March 2020. Funds donated during the 2023 Spectacular Sandwich Throwdown will be divided (based on votes) among participating divisions to assist with paying those unpaid meal charges.

Page County Public Schools will be debuting the Hot Pressed Cubano at their middle and high schools later this month. PCPS Nutritional Services is also challenging their middle and high school students to submit an entry for the PCPS Sandwich Throwdown — a local competition to create a new menu item for May 2023. Entries will be accepted until April 6, 2023.

School Nutrition Industry Professionals (SNIP) started out as a private Facebook group of likeminded individuals with a goal of bringing school nutrition professionals and industry partners together to celebrate school nutrition and the K-12 school-age children that they serve every school day.

Five years later, there are more than 4,000 school nutrition professionals participating in the group; networking and sharing successes and ideas for increasing the value to all who come in contact with school meals, be it parents, students, administrators, staff or vendors.

This year SNIP incorporated as a Florida business and is looking forward to all of the good they will be able to spread across the nation with their mission of improving communication and cooperation, as well as encouraging teamwork and networking between school nutrition professionals.



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