For many students, making their own lunch every single day can be a hassle. The only other options are to either buy lunch from the school or to wait until they get home to eat. Considering that lunch is at a particularly early time in the day, waiting to eat until you make it home can be difficult, especially if extracurriculars require you to stay after school for several hours each day.
The school cafeteria provides lots of snacks and drinks, a “healthy” line (salad, sandwiches, sometimes fruit or vegetables), two “unhealthy” lines (pizza, fries, onion rings, mozzarella sticks, burgers, chicken burgers, chicken wings, fried items), as well as one “hot meal” line. For students who have strict dietary needs or are relatively picky in what they eat, lunchtime can be filled with hard decisions.
It is no easy task to produce large amounts of food for many students each day that meet a certain criteria, but that’s why I think much more funding needs to go into making higher quality food. More men and women need to be hired to work in the cafeteria, and they need a raise. I would much rather have a wider variety of food options than see what I’m about to eat on one of the many pointless flat screen TV’s overlooking the cafeteria.
Don’t get me wrong, we eat much better than 95% of the world, but I feel that if students are forbidden from leaving campus to either go home to eat or eat at a nearby restaurant, we should be able to choose from food that actually entices our food palettes. It’s not like we aren’t paying for the food we get from the cafeteria, which happens to not be cheap, but I can guarantee that many students would be willing to pay a little bit more for better food.
Our school offers lots and lots of processed snacks, such as powdered and chocolate donuts, pop-tarts, and many kinds of chips. If a student chooses to eat Rice Krispy treats and pizza everyday, the school can’t stop them. It’s no wonder that America has one of the absolute highest obesity rates in the world. In early 2015, Huffington post released an article that showed what school lunches from around the world looked like. Plenty of countries have the U.S. beat when it comes to protein and nutrient-rich lunches. As far as the quality of our school lunches go, I would love to see more variety and options in the coming years.
Written by Rylee Matousek