We do a large account, right about 1000 pizzas a week. The food director has been good to us and has adjusted other parts of their menu to allow for the kids to still get pizza. I think he is running out of options with the sodium reduction mandates that are creeping up on us. I will be surprised if we still have the account next year.
There is a loophole (isn’t there always). When the sodium level for a reimbursable meal meets the sodium guidelines as a whole, the items that comprise that meal can be sold A la carte even if they individually don’t meet the A-la-carte sodium guidelines.
If they can construct a reimbursable meal with a slice of pizza that meets the requirements, they can sell as many slices individually as they want.
And if not: Part-skim Mozzarella gets a Fat Limit exemption. If they are willing to sell a smaller slice (like 14" pizza instead of 16", the calories can be kept under 350/slice and with a bare-minimum sodium in the dough (or maybe making a thin crust) you should be able to get under 480mgs. Make the dough with 51% whole-grain flour and you’ve checked everything off the list. http://www.smartsnacksinschool.com/smart-snacks-in-school-standards/