“Pizza is a processed food and certainly does not qualify as a vegetable.”
Whether or not it’s processed has nothing to do with whether or not it’s a vegetable. The green beans they serve are no doubt “processed,” too. I might assume that all school food is processed—except perhaps for hippy-dippy commune schools with groovy teachers who make you sit in circles and share your feelings that serve only locally gorwn “organic” produce—but that’s neither here nor there. What’s at issue is whether tomatoes are vegetables, which they are not.
I’m not up on the current government guidlines, not that that’ll stop me from assuming it’s still completely nonsensical. Maybe they group fruits and vegetables together, in which case pizza would fit the larger category. Though given its bread content it should also be a grain, and given its toppings a meat.
You’re way out of date. The tomato is both fruit and vegetable, and it’s been established thusly throughout both of our lifetimes. It’s a culinary vegetable and botanical fruit. Our own supreme court even ruled on it in 1893. (Nix v. Hedden (149 U.S. 304))