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  • Emma Reed, Iysis Graham, Joe Hartz

Churchland High School Students Aren't Pleased with Lunch and Want Answers

Churchland​ ​High​ ​School​ ​students​ ​are​ ​feeling​ ​the​ ​force​ ​of​ ​Michelle​ ​Obama’s​ ​Healthy

Hunger​ ​Free​ ​Kids​ ​Act.

Michelle​ ​Obama’s​ ​2010​ ​Healthy​ ​Hunger​ ​Free​ ​Kids​ ​Act​ ​was​ ​good​ ​in​ ​theory.​ ​The​ ​federally

mandated​ ​act​ ​was​ ​put​ ​in​ ​place​ ​to​ ​increase​ ​children’s​ ​access​ ​to​ ​healthy​ ​food,​ ​even​ ​if​ ​they​ ​come

from​ ​low-income​ ​households.​ ​For​ ​the​ ​first​ ​time​ ​in​ ​thirty​ ​years,​ ​the​ ​government​ ​has​ ​made​ ​an

effort​ ​to​ ​change​ ​school​ ​lunches.​ ​​ ​While​ ​this​ ​sounds​ ​like​ ​a​ ​good​ ​idea​ ​to​ ​raise​ ​a​ ​new​ ​generation​ ​of

healthier​ ​kids,​ ​there​ ​are​ ​many​ ​downsides.

In​ ​order​ ​for​ ​schools​ ​to​ ​be​ ​“under​ ​code”​ ​they​ ​must​ ​limit​ ​the​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​calories,​ ​sodium,

sugar,​ ​and​ ​fat​ ​all​ ​of​ ​their​ ​meals​ ​have.​ ​Unfortunately,​ ​the​ ​food​ ​is​ ​bland​ ​and​ ​lifeless​ ​because

they’ve​ ​taken​ ​out​ ​the​ ​“good​ ​stuff”​ ​and​ ​haven’t​ ​found​ ​a​ ​way​ ​to​ ​add​ ​flavor​ ​back​ ​into​ ​the​ ​food.​ ​When

food​ ​looks​ ​like​ ​it​ ​will​ ​bite​ ​your​ ​fork,​ ​you’re​ ​most​ ​likely​ ​not​ ​going​ ​to​ ​eat​ ​it.​ ​Cafeterias​ ​have​ ​noticed​ ​a

decrease​ ​of​ ​profits​ ​from​ ​students​ ​because​ ​the​ ​food​ ​is​ ​“gross”.

“It’s​ ​terrible”​ ​said​ ​a​ ​student​ ​after​ ​being​ ​asked​ ​how​ ​he​ ​feels​ ​about​ ​the​ ​lunch.

Since​ ​students​ ​don’t​ ​eat​ ​lunch,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​bring​ ​their​ ​own​ ​food​ ​or​ ​not​ ​eat​ ​at​ ​all.​ ​If​ ​they​ ​chose

to​ ​not​ ​eat​ ​at​ ​all,​ ​they​ ​will​ ​likely​ ​be​ ​hungry​ ​and​ ​therefore​ ​distracted​ ​in​ ​their​ ​remaining​ ​classes​ ​for

the​ ​day.​ ​Lunchroom​ ​workers​ ​make​ ​the​ ​same​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​food​ ​each​ ​day,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​buy​ ​lunch,

taste​ ​it,​ ​realize​ ​it’s​ ​horrible,​ ​and​ ​throw​ ​it​ ​away.​ ​This​ ​has​ ​lead​ ​to​ ​an​ ​increased​ ​amount​ ​of​ ​food


School​ ​districts​ ​receive​ ​give​ ​or​ ​take​ ​300​ ​million​ ​dollars​ ​for​ ​their​ ​lunch​ ​programs.​ ​That

seems​ ​like​ ​a​ ​lot​ ​of​ ​money,​ ​but​ ​in​ ​reality​ ​it’s​ ​not​ ​enough.

The​ ​companies​ ​who​ ​distribute​ ​the​ ​food​ ​for​ ​schools​ ​sell​ ​their​ ​produce,​ ​which​ ​is​ ​very​ ​low

quality​ ​to​ ​begin​ ​with,​ ​for​ ​very​ ​cheap.​ ​Students​ ​who​ ​pay​ ​for​ ​lunch​ ​are​ ​eating​ ​almost​ ​spoiled​ ​food,

or​ ​food​ ​that​ ​is​ ​just​ ​simply​ ​not​ ​the​ ​best​ ​quality.

If​ ​schools​ ​were​ ​given​ ​just​ ​a​ ​little​ ​bit​ ​more​ ​money​ ​they​ ​could​ ​afford​ ​to​ ​buy​ ​their​ ​produce

from​ ​companies​ ​who​ ​pride​ ​themselves​ ​on​ ​selling​ ​the​ ​best​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​fruits,​ ​vegetables,​ ​and​ ​meat.

Once​ ​they​ ​get​ ​the​ ​right​ ​ingredients,​ ​students​ ​will​ ​notice​ ​the​ ​quality​ ​of​ ​their​ ​breakfasts​ ​and lunches​ ​going​ ​up​ ​and​ ​start​ ​eating​ ​school​ ​food​ ​again. The​ ​HHFKA​ ​is​ ​a​ ​vicious​ ​cycle,​ ​children​ ​don’t​ ​eat,​ ​they’re​ ​still​ ​hungry​ ​going​ ​back​ ​to​ ​class, and​ ​they​ ​aren’t​ ​focused.​ ​If​ ​the​ ​schools​ ​were​ ​given​ ​more​ ​money​ ​for​ ​better​ ​lunches,​ ​kids​ ​would eat,​ ​be​ ​focused​ ​in​ ​their​ ​classes​ ​after​ ​lunch,wouldn’t​ ​be​ ​so​ ​much​ ​of​ ​a​ ​big​ ​deal.

Photo by DC Central Kitchen - Lunch at DC Public Schools on 10/9/12: Local Beef Burger on a Whole Wheat Bun, Roasted Brussel Sprouts, Baked Potato Fries, Cantaloupe Wedge & Milk, CC BY 2.0,

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