The Meaty Truth-School Lunches

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The Meaty Truth-School Lunches

Abbey Gray, Writer

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        Warner, just like many other schools around the country, provides students with the opportunity to buy a ‘hot lunch’ every day. Around the cafeteria, you can hear many comments and complaints made about the quality of the food provided. We decided to interview some students about their thoughts on the food.

        One comment that we heard constantly was that there are not enough options provided. One seventh grader, Gabby Kassab, had to eat gluten free last year due to medical reasons. When we asked her if she felt the school lunches accommodated her needs, she told us “I didn’t buy any lunches last year because I couldn’t eat anything they had.” We also noticed the school offers very few vegan and vegetarian options. Some families, who rely on school lunches, are having to start packing lunches because the school just isn’t providing for their dietary restrictions, many of which are because of allergies, medical conditions, or religious issues.  

       Another point we heard very frequently doing these interviews was about the poor quality of the food. Many people were telling us that the food was often cold, burnt, and soggy. They also told us that they were served the same food from days before and that the cafeteria workers would sometimes give away old food from days before for free. Many students have no other choice than to eat this unenjoyable food.

        Lastly, the most frequent complaint we heard about was how unhealthy the food was. Every student we interviewed said that if they had one recommendation, or could change one aspect, they would make the food healthier. Many of the food options, especially the alternatives to the main meals such as salads, wraps, and sandwiches, have little to no source of protein. Because of this, students are drowsy, unfulfilled, and hungry again by the time fifth or sixth hours roll along.

         In conclusion, the students at Warner Middle School definitely believe a change should be made to the school lunches.

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Abbey Gray, Contributor

Abbey Gray is  seventh grader and part of the Yearbook staff at Warner Middle School. She is a book lover and musical theatre enthusiast. She loves music,...

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