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Petitioning Prince George's County Public School system

Prince George's County Public School system: School Lunches


This is important because students with certain dietary practices are unable to eat lunch at school because of the food served.

Letter to
Prince George's County Public School system
We, the undersigned, recognize that all students should have their dietary needs met in an affordable, satisfying, and accommodating manner by PGCPS. Disappointingly, current policies have led to the dissatisfaction of the general student body with school lunches and a significant portion of students are excluded from having guaranteed access to diverse and enjoyable lunches at school each day.

The general quality of school lunches are deplorable and the sources of students' food are questionable. At a community forum hosted last March at Northwestern High School, an official from PGCPS' Food and Nutrition Services stated that, "The same companies that are producing food for us are [also producing food] for other companies like McDonald's and Burger King." This revealing statement was a response to student and community concerns over the quality of food served at our schools.

Vegetarian, kosher, and Islamic dietary practices (to list a few) are not adequately accommodated by schools throughout the county. Frequently, students who follow these dietary practices are unable to eat fulfilling lunches, or have a diverse choice in menu options, and sometimes they have no options available to them at all. This is unacceptable, especially in light of the "Hunger in Our Schools" survey, conducted by Share Our Strength, which was the subject of a panel discussion (including Secretary of Education Arne Duncan) at Northwestern High School in August 2012.

Therefore, we call upon PGCPS to improve school lunches by ensuring a higher quality of supply sources and preparation, a greater diversity in menu options, and accommodations for students with special dietary needs.

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