Wawa unveiled all-new menu items developed by Urban League of Philadelphia’s “Project Ready” Science Leadership Academy to Beeber student attendees.
In partnership with the Urban League of Philadelphia, local students participated in Wawa’s class of 2021 “Future Food Scientists Program 2.0 and Menu Development Challenge,” where they were paired with professionals working in the area. Wawa innovation center to create new, fresh and innovative menu items that were revealed during a ceremony and in-store presentation.
“The Project Ready program is a national program, but each [Urban League of Philadelphia] affiliate has its own chapter. They work with different high school students all over the city of Philadelphia and prepare them for college and different careers, ”said Khalil Bullock, director of the office of administration and communications for the president of the Philadelphia Urban League. “In doing so, students are exposed to different activities as well as professionals. They also work with companies, like Wawa, to some extent to learn a new trade and new skills. Hope they can take this and use it in the future when they move on to college and a career. “
The Philadelphia Urban League and Wawa kicked off the new menu with a celebration at the Wawa store located at 6th and Chestnut St. in downtown Philadelphia.
About fifty students were present when the winning team and the new menu were announced. The celebration included food provided by Wawa of course, music, games and prizes.
Beeber Student Science Leadership Academy crafted items include two take-out combos. The first is a breakfast to go that offers three different choices. The first is a Sizzli burrito, a cup of red grape snack and a 16 oz milk or customers can opt for hard-boiled eggs, a hash brown and a small cup of fruit or finally an egg bagel with bacon and cheese. Sizzli, an apple snack and coffee. The second take-out combo is a combination of snacks. These choices include an apple peanut butter ladle, a granola bar and a banana or pepperoni, cheese and crackers, a cup of strawberries and blueberries and pretzels and finally a cheddar turkey reel, a cup of watermelon and a stick of cheese.
The new menu items are now available online and in select Pennsylvania stores.
The Urban League of Philadelphia’s Project Ready program is designed to prepare high school students for college and for careers. Nationally, the program enrolls 2,000 students in 27 Urban League affiliates.
“In these virtual times it’s hard to try and keep students engaged, and the fact that they were able to take this program in a virtual setting and successfully develop new menu items, I think was a huge accomplishment, besides having an opportunity to connect with industry professionals, learn more about the food and beverage industry and gain hands-on experience during such a difficult time, ”said Bullock.