January 6, 2011
Charlotte, NC – Fuel Pizza Café of Charlotte has partnered with the Mecklenburg County Health Department, the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition, and Charlotte Green to bring “Field to Fork” Pizza Gardens to 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools. The Pizza Garden concept appeals to children and teens by growing vegetables and herbs to make a healthy pizza.
“The Fuel Pizza Field to Fork Program is a great experience for students to learn about the gardening, nutrition education and cooking,” said Allison Mignery, Chairperson of the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition. Fuel Pizza Field to Fork Program was started last year with five elementary schools and based on its success; it was decided to expand the program to more schools this year.
The 10 Charlotte-Mecklenburg Schools who are receiving Pizza Gardens at their school and a pizza party from Fuel Pizza Café are:
- Turning Point Academy
- Midwood Middle School
- Blythe Elementary School
- Cotswold Elementary School
- Beverly Woods Elementary School
- Olde Providence Elementary School
- Barringer Academic Center
- Lake Wylie Elementary School
- Pinewood Elementary School
- Irwin Avenue Elementary School
- (The Morgan School will not have a garden, but will contribute the use of its greenhouse)
“The Pizza Gardens give us an excellent platform to teach youth about healthy eating using a food they love,” said Zach Current from Fuel Pizza. “It is our pleasure to partner with the schools and the community to make this unique project available.”
For more information about the Mecklenburg County Fruit & Vegetable Coalition go to http://mcfvc.charmeck.org; for Fuel Pizza Café go to www.fuelpizza.com and for Charlotte Green go to www.charlottegreen.org.