Wawa announced that it is accepting nominations for the second annual Future Food Scientist Program — a half-day field trip to the Wawa Innovation Center for 8th grade students to learn about careers in food science through interactive stations on nutrition, sensory testing, food safety and marketing.
Students will have the opportunity to apply what is learned in developing recipes to pitch to Wawa culinary experts for a chance at having their recipe featured in a Wawa store.
Awarded to one winning class, the contest is open from Aug. 26 to Sept. 15, and requires a teacher and/or faculty member to submit an electronic application with a compelling story as to why this program would benefit the classroom curriculum.
Wawa partnered with Garnet Valley Middle School for the inaugural program this past May and will debut their students’ selected Chicken & Waffle recipe on Sept. 5, 4-5:30 p.m., available for a limited time at their local Wawa Store in Chadds Ford, Penn., with a portion of proceeds up to $1,000 benefiting Philabundance.
“Wawa is proud to continue its commitment to the community by inviting local students into our test kitchen to have a hands-on, innovative experience as they explore potential careers in food science, said Mike Sherlock, Chief Product Marketing Officer. This program enables us to fulfill lives in new ways by sharing our values and commitment to quality food, while enriching the curriculum of our local schools.”
Wawa Inc. began in 1803 as an iron foundry in New Jersey. Today, Wawa operates more than 860 convenience retail stores (over 600 offering fuel) in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C. The stores offer a large fresh foodservice selection, including Wawa brands such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.