school lunch

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Started 1 month ago

Petition to Monroe Township Public Schools 08094

Requesting Monroe Township Public Schools Implement Half Day Lunches District Wide.

Over the past few years our district has started 1/2 day lunches at all elementary schools. This program has increased in participation over the past year. Several children in our district qualify for free and reduced priced meals. For some it is the only meal they can count on. Currently our MIddle School and High School do not provide lunches on half days. Currently at the Middle School on half days the school holds a fundraiser. This fundraiser allows children who possess Renaissance cards to eat first. Those are students with good grades. Many times there is not enough to feed every child. The pricing of this fundraising does not offer what they sell at the free or reduced rate for those children. Therefore not allowing any alternative for students that are free and reduced. The fundraising event also does not meet the Smart Snack requirements the district is to follow. I am asking for your support to tell the members of our Board of Education and District Administration that this is not acceptable. I have heard several times that they agree, however no one has taken action! Please put the children of our schools first and provide every student, that would like to participate, with lunch on half days. The next scheduled half days at Williamstown MS are Nov 26 through the 30th. Let’s feed our children, all of them...not just those who can afford it but especially for those who cannot! Thank You

Kyle Kroger
101 supporters
Started 4 months ago

Petition to AUSD , AUSD Administration, Arcadia High School

Better school lunches in quality and satisfaction for Arcadia High School students

“The chicken tastes like imitation crab meat.” “The excessive grease on the tacos is disgusting.” “You eat 2 pieces of chicken—the rest are inedible.” ”For the amount we pay, we don’t get our money’s worth.” “I don’t think it’s as bad as MOST people say, except for the bread. The hard as (expletive) bread.” “The mashed potatoes tastes like taro—that’s not a good thing” ”Honestly, I gave up on school lunch. I just starve or bring a sandwich.” As the lunch bell rings, teenagers walk out of their classrooms in hundreds to line up and buy school lunches. They wait up to ten minutes to go into the cafeteria and pick their choice of a satisfying meal: a box of 4 chicken nuggets no bigger than those from McDonalds, with soggy fries and a stale piece of a bread; a paltry slice of pizza; a salad with slices of chicken that have become more detested than liked than their predecessor; lasagna with a solid layer of cheese on top; a chicken leg with gravy whose consistency is similar to that of water; a burger or hot dog with a piece of meat and the student’s choice of toppings; sandwiches, that, if not eaten with a sauce, taste more like bread than the pastrami inside; two often frozen PB&J sandwiches; and who can forget the delightful pick of fruits, veggies, or both with the optional accompaniment of chocolate or normal milk. To bluntly phrase our sentiments, we believe that the lunch is inadequate in the matter of filling a high schooler up and is lacking in quality. The best choice, any veteran high schooler would know, are the two tacos, dripping and breaking with grease and the mexican rice that you can flavor with the salsa—in case you get a flavorless batch—or need to spice up your beef taco. If someone wanted to be full everyday, the obvious choice would either be tacos or packed lunch. When seniors get their off campus passes, it’s not uncommon to see them go off everyday and spend more money to eat more filling and satisfying food. However, for the first three years of high school, students don’t have that option. It’s either homebrought meals (which are more often than not cold and flavorless after hours of class), or the school lunch, which, as we’ve discussed, are frankly disappointing. A common joke made is that the administration spends more money and time on blocking internet entertainment than improving the meals for their students. Of course, a school isn't expected to treat their students to first class meals, but at the point we’re at, it wouldn't be a stretch to say those highschoolers wouldn't mind even the slightest improvement. We, the students don’t ask for much. Bringing back the taquitos, maybe. As with the slushees, if possible. More meat than bread, if there’s a chance for it. Perhaps the old way chicken was provided in the salad. Maybe unfrozen PB&J sandwiches? With luck, food that doesn’t require us students to force ourselves to eat solely because of hunger. Not just four chicken nuggets, which is the same amount as a kids’ meal from McDonalds.                                                                                                              Not just one slice of pizza with fruit, vegetables, and milk for five dollars.                Not just the potato wedges (they’re an issue in it of itself). The lunches are satisfactory to some, that much is true. But it is also fact that when those individuals comment on this issue, they speak as outliers, using diction such as "most of" and "everyone" to describe who doesn't like it. They choose to side with how they personally have never felt the lunches to be lacking, in addition to how it is okay for the administration to continually decline the state of the food as long as they do their job to provide food at all. We are not exaggerating this situation. We hear complaints everyday. But the choice to act upon these complaints is yours. High school students don’t understand how the system works, and thus can’t ask for specific demands. But we do understand when something is wrong, and therefore we politely request for change. Are we entitled to having these lunch reforms? Absolutely not. Would it be nice to have it? Without a shred of doubt. It's time for the students of Arcadia High to finally enjoy eating a school lunch.

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