School serves pink pasta for breast cancer awareness

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By Maria Mercedes Galuppo (Buzz60)

Think back to your grade school days. There was truly nothing worse than getting your cafeteria lunch and not knowing exactly what you were looking at on your tray.

Luckily, the students at Northwest Kidder Middle School were likely warned ahead of time that their lunch was going to look a bit... different.

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The pasta being served up wasn't just typical spaghetti... it was pink!

MLive reported the middle school hosted Pink Day in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Naturally, that meant the school cafeteria was dishing out pink pasta.

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Panera Bread's Pink Ribbon Bagel is back this October for a limited time, twisted in a ribbon shape in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month.

According to the brand's website, "A portion of the proceeds from the purchase of each Pink Ribbon Bagel sold during the month of October will be donated to help the fight against Breast Cancer."

Check here for special local events, where 100 percent of the net sales will be donated.

Charm Necklace, Chloe + Isabel, $45

During the month of October, Chloe + Isabel will be donating 20 percent of proceeds from the sale of this 'candi for a cause' collection to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. 

The collection includes six different necklaces (Faith, Love, Dream, Peace, Believe, Brave). Each charm necklace holds a special meaning. 

Enjoy a $55 prix fixe dinner at Fig & Olive -- and $10 of that will go to National Breast Cancer Foundation.

Chef Wilfrid Hocquet, along with author and nutritionist, Elissa Goodman, have created a special prix fixe NBCF menu available exclusively the month of October. 

Elissa's inspiration behind the menu:

"I started off with a list of the most beneficial cancer fighting foods and was determined to include as many of these into the menu as possible, we pulled from my research of the most nutrient dense foods in the world choosing menu ingredients from the “ANDI” Guide (Aggregate Nutrient Density Index). Not only are they extremely high in cancer fighting antioxidants, but these are foods that I turned to when I was going through my diagnosis and I recommend all of my clients try to work in a minimum of 6 servings per day. 

We’ve been able to present a prix fixe menu that is maximized by superfoods and focuses on seasonality as well as the principles of Mediterranean diet, which is a high consumption of extra virgin olive oil, fruits, vegetables and fish and elimination of refined carbohydrates. The balance of protein, carbohydrates, sugar, and fiber was also taken into consideration along with portion control. We have also kept it pescatarian and have eliminated gluten and provided an option without dairy."

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100% of the net proceeds will go to the Susan G. Komen Foundation.

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100 percent of the profits of your purchase will go toward helping the Pink Pony Fund broaden access to care and reduce disparities in cancer treatment. 

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Shop more of the Pink Pony Collection here

One in Eight Shoes, Bucketfeet, $75

Bucketfeet and Bright Pink have teamed up to release a "One in Eight" shoe - inspired by the fact that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime.

Bucketfeet will donate $10 from each pair sold to help fund Bright Pink's programs. The "One in Eight" shoe design was selected from the "design-for-a-cause" submissions coming from Bucketfeet's community of 40,000 artists all over the world. The shoe is designed by Brittney Grandmaison to help educate and equip young women to assess their risk for breast and ovarian cancer, reduce their risk and detect these diseases at early, non life-threatening stages.

This item is expected to ship in early December.

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50 percent of sales go to Breast Cancer Angels, an organization that helps low income patients, who are often single mothers or just a pay check or two away from the streets, afford the medicine, food and shelter they need for themselves and their families as they undergo treatment.

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25 percent of the proceeds will be donated to Breast Cancer Awareness Foundation for the entire month of October.

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$1 from every every purchase will benefit City of Hope's Breast Cancer research (up to $30,000).


The superintendent of the school shared his "Mountie pride" for the school's pink-themed lunch on social media.

Along with the pasta, the menu also included pink Jell-O and roasted red potatoes.

Liz Evans, the school's Food Service Director, wanted to find a fun and creative way to bring cancer awareness to kids.

With something as unique as pink pasta, it's safe to say Evans' mission was certainly accomplished.

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