Wake middle school students become taste testers for National School Lunch Week

Students at Apex Friendship Middle School took on the all-important job Wednesday of helping to determine what 22,000 Wake County students will be eating for breakfast.

Different breakfast pizzas were placed in front of a group of students turned food critics. After smelling and tasting the circular, rectangular and tubular-shaped slices, the middle-schoolers raised their hand to show which choice they want added to school menus.

“It’s an opportunity to celebrate all the good food that we give for the kids and to see the kids happy and enjoying it and hear their response to the food and if they like it and so forth,” Emma Hutchinson, Apex Friendship Middle’s child nutrition services manager, said in a school district video. “It’s just great to be here with the kids.”

The taste testing is part of this week’s National School Lunch Week celebration. This year’s theme is “lots to love.”

In Johnston County, State Schools Superintendent Mark Johnson went to McGee’s Crossroads Elementary School on Wednesday to eat lunch with some students and serve the meal to other kids.

T. Keung Hui: 919-829-4534, @nckhui