Wawa Seeks Students for ‘Food Scientist’ Program

Kids learn about careers in food science and nutrition.

January 21, 2020

Altoona, Penn.—The Wawa convenience chain is seeking nominations from middle schools in New Jersey for the company’s third annual Future Food Scientist Program. The half-day field trip will take selected 8th grade students to the Wawa Innovation Center to learn about careers in food science, including nutrition, sensory testing, food safety and marketing, according to a Wawa news release.

Student participants will have the opportunity to apply what they learn when they develop recipes to pitch to Wawa culinary experts in anticipation of having their recipe featured in a Wawa store.

“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.”

The field trip will be awarded to one winning class in New Jersey. To participate, a teacher or faculty member must submit an electronic application with a compelling story as to why the program would benefit the classroom curriculum.

Wawa stores are located in Pennsylvania, New Jersey, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, Florida and Washington, D.C., and offer a selection of fresh foods, including Wawa brands, such as custom prepared hoagies, freshly-brewed coffee, hot breakfast sandwiches, specialty beverages and an assortment of soups, sides and snacks.