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Can you say pizza? I teach in a high school and the kids don't like the food either.
At my school, we are lucky to one of the best cafeteria managers in the state. She makes some of this best cafeteria meals ever and makes sure we get our monies worth.
I would never eat at my school. I wouldn't feed any human or animal anything that comes out of the cafeteria. Our building has an extreme pest problem. Our building is "treated" regulary, which means sprayed with caustic chemicals. I'm not even sure it is legal to serve food under the conditions of the cafeteria and kitchen area. I'm sure if it were a restaraunt it would be shut down.
Schools in my district get food from a district central kitchen. The meals they provide attempt to provide decent breakfast and lunch for students. They have attempted to promote salad bars as part of the meal offering at lunch but this is not emphasized. Most of the food offerings are high in fats and carbs, vegetables are a very small part of the menu, if offered. Low fat milk, yogurt, and string cheese are major consistent offerings along with limited fresh fruit, mainly apples. Of interest are the offerings for teachers and staff of salads and sandwiches from the same central kitchen. At my present school about 80% of students qualify for free or reduced lunch. There is no hot fresh food program due to financial issues. When I worked at a middle school in the same district I was able to compare the school to one in Virgina with the same demographics. The middle school in Virgina had a hot lunch program subscribed by 70% of the student body which included similar percentages of free and reduced lunch for both schools. The difference here is MONEY and the support of public schools.
I'll ask. This is my second year at this district. We still have some less than nutritious offerings (Hot dogs on Thursdays, etc), but the other lunch line is usually not a fast food type of meal. Steamed veggies are a frequent offering, too. I am so pleased not to see canned veggies.
Can you share how you achieved this nutritious program in your school? I work in a low-income school in Houston and would like some encouraging words on how to bring restaurant quality soups and salads to our school.
Our school serves homemade soup, fresh fruit, and a salad bar that is comparable to some restaurants. Fries are a rarity and no sweets are available. I work in an inner-ring, public school in Ohio.
I have ceiliac and the menu is too glutenous grain heavy and lacking in fresh fruits and veg. Just this week the only fresh raw food was a handful of iceberg lettuce and some apples. Everything else was processed and canned using syrups and starches I can't eat.
Would be interesting to find out the state and if public or private school for those saying yes. Our school has too many starchy foods and I rarely see green. I would like lunch like they have in France.
Thank you for this poll, Heather Wolpert-Gawron.It helps to draw attention to the nutrition (or lack thereof)being served at some of the school districts in this country.
I found it interesting that many responders have stated that they have salad bars at their schools. I have worked for a public school district in Los Angeles for a long time, and I have never seen a salad bar being served to students, let alone to teachers. Most breakfasts consist of sugary (literally covered in sugar)cereals, watery "milk" and fruit (another type of sugar). The lunches are possibly worse with greasy processed, carb-packed entrees that are thawed and steamed for their enjoyment.
I believe our school district has one of the highest percentages of severely poor to moderately poor students and families. I am curious if the people who posted that they have healthy local produce or salad bars being served at their schools are public schools and what the percentage of low-income students attend?