School Lunch

Mitchell Freeman

School lunch is focusing on healthier choices such as whole grain and a mandatory fruit or vegetable with every meal but is not focusing on portion size. Students are having to purchase multiple meals and expensive extras just to feel full. Not only is the food not acceptable but the crowded conditions and limited seating is also a hassle. School lunch needs to change for the sake of the students.
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School lunch has recently started focusing on healthier choices and including multiple food groups. If you do not get at least one fruit or vegetable you are charged extra because they are really trying to enforce healthier eating. The choices may be healthier but the taste and portion sizes are not.
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The portion size of school lunch at a high school is about the same as what an elementary student would eat. it includes one main dish which in this case is the chicken, a milk, and two sides which usually consist of a fruit or vegetable, and a juice.
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Many students buy multiple lunches so that they feel full because one lunch is just not enough.
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Extras such as chips, fruit snacks, and ice cream are available to purchase but they are small and the chips are mostly filled with air.
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Drinks are also available to purchase. They are usually kept in the lunch line but are also found in other places. These drinks are also over priced like the meal and the extras.
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Nothing is cheap when it comes to school lunch and most things are usually small like snack sized items. If you get free or reduced lunch the only thing included is the tray everything else must be paid for with your own money.
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All sodas that are sold by the school are diet. Many believe that diet sodas are healthier than regular sodas but they are actually more harmful. The artificial sweeteners than are in diet soda are actually more harmful to you than real sugar
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There are two different lunch lines for variety but many of the foods are the same. In the fiesta line there is usually nachos and in the home-style line there is usually chicken or pasta. These don't change much and are the same every week.
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The lunch room is also very crowded. Sometimes to the point where you cant find a seat. this also causes long lines which doesn't leave much time to eat if you are in the back.
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It is time for you as a student to walk away from lunch unless there are changes. Not only is school lunch overpriced but it also does not provide enough food the fill you up. The lines are long, the tables are all taken, and I have had enough. School lunch needs to change.