School Lunch Found Guilty!

Special Report: Summer Vacation by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 29, 2010, 7:24 pm
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FoodTeacherAmy says: Hi Everyone! During our last full week of school, we had some Internet glitches that affected our final posts. But, as you can imagine, our lunches were just more of the same. Looking back through the posts since we began this project, it’s pretty shocking to discover just how limited the lunch choices were. Take a look at the breakdown of what was served in our cafeteria:

Beef Patty/Empanada: 3

Pasta (spaghetti, ravioli, lasagne or other): 16

Grilled cheese: 10

Chicken Patty: 15

Chicken: 16

Ground Beef with Chips: 4

Peanut Butter and Jelly Sandwich: 9

Cheeseburger: 11

Tuna Sandwich: 1

Turkey and Cheese Sandwich: 2

In the fall, we are scheduled to have a working kitchen in our school, which means our lunches will be prepared on-site, rather than delivered from a satellite location. On the plus side, this should mean that our menu options will expand. However, due to all the rules and regulations set up for school kitchens, the food itself will pretty much be the same. Like most school food, it will simply be defrosted and reheated. I hope that we can change this, not just in our school, but in all schools.

I can’t say what will happen with this site come fall. It may continue exactly as is, it may continue with a different focus, or it may change altogether. I can, however, say that we at TYWLS of Astoria will continue to strive for fresh, tasty and healthy school lunches for all kids. I’m so proud of what we’ve accomplished with this site already. Thanks for reading, and for joining us on our mission. Have a great summer!


Beef Patty, Waffles and Peach by khadijaz
June 24, 2010, 3:02 pm
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                              Beef patty, waffles, and peach


Khadija and Jensine say: That today’s lunch was okay. Not that good. We didn’t understand why we get waffles for lunch. But if we had syrup it would be even more better. It was a good change for some people because Jensine didn’t like beef patty. The peach was fresh and tasty. It was really juicy and had no bruises!!!! The beef patty was hard from the outside. Some people couldn’t eat it becuase either they are not aloud to or they can’t eat it in the form the school gives us. That made us sad. They were still starving. If we had salad too it would be awesome to eat. We never had salad to eat in our school. In our old school we did. We had pineapple, cucumbers, pickles and plenty more. Those were good days. Healthy food could be tasty. We long to have great and healthy food. It is how they make it that counts. Not that they are meat or chips or veggies. People asume that kids from our school are getting healthy food but they arent eating it. So they say that the kids are the problem. We know we are getting healthy food but we want tasty, and good looking food too. No kid would eat anything that looks like it was just in  the garbage. We appreciate that we are getting healthy food but we are just saying we want it to taste better.  

Ravioli and Beans by pwyfoodgabriellah
June 21, 2010, 1:46 pm
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Gabriella say: Todays lunch is yet another guilty tray of yucky lunch. Its almost the end of the school year and there has’nt been any good lunches so far (except the grilled cheese!). I mean, look at the ravioli, its bascically drowning in the sauce, and are ravioli supposed to smell that way??? The orange is the only “good” thing, although the oranges are really hard to open. The beans where soggy and wet, noone likes soggy and wet beans. Hopefully next year, the lunch will change. Next year i think the kids want more variety in our food, something we can choose from.  Next year i think alot of kids would also love if we had more time to eat lunch. I declare this lunch once again GUILTY!

P.S This was my last post 😦

Lunch Break: June 16-18 by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 16, 2010, 4:34 pm
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FoodTeacherAmy says: Hi Everyone! Please enjoy a break from lunch today, Thursday and Friday. It’s the time of the school year when special events and altered schedules take us away from the cafeteria quite a bit. Today we were in the park for Field Day, tomorrow we have a half-day of school, and on Friday TYWLS of Astoria will be out and about on our Mystery Trips. So much fun!

Be sure, however, to rejoin us next week for our last full week of school!

iron chef cooking contest in tywls by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 15, 2010, 12:52 pm
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The winner: Team Japan

 Christy and Daniela say: Today we had a iron chef compition in our food class for the end of the year. We had a special ingredent it was cinnamon.There were three courses  appetizer, main course and dessert.We had 4 judges. Our food class teacher was stuned that everything was so good. We ate everything there was nothing left on the plates . We had 2 teams team Japan and team America. Team Japan won by 12 points.Everyone had fun making the food . We had to  find recipes using cinnamon. for the dessert people the recipes were easy to find. for the main course and appetizer it was hard. Itwas a great day.  

**Pictures taken by Elizabeth A.

Amy and Caitlin try Team Japan's two main courses: 1. chicken kabobs, and 2. cinnamon chicken nuggets, sweet potato fries and cornbread!

Judge Yariv tries Team America's cinnamon chicken with raisins and capers

Yum Yum

Upside down apple pie, awesome

5 possible points for appearance

Can't wait to eat

Adding up the scores. This was a tough decision!


Melted Cheese Sanwich and Strawberry-banana yogurt by michellem2
June 14, 2010, 2:55 pm
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 Michelle and Angela say:

Today’s lunch wasn’t what we thought would be. The lunch tasted horrible, almost like seeing something you wouldn’t want to eat or touch. The melted cheese sandwich didn’t taste like cheese in the middle of a bun. The cheese tasted like eating rotten moss. It was melted too much and burnt. The chocolate milk tasted like expired chocolate milk and when you would finish drinking it, you would see a lot of chocolate in the bottom. Also, the strawberry-banana yogurt looked like passed out (expired) strawberries and bananas mixed together. When you eat it, you would see little pieces of rotten strawberries. We just felt like vommiting all of that food. Who would want to eat burnt, rotten food, and/or overmelted food?!

Chicken patty, potatoe salad and peach by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 11, 2010, 12:55 pm
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Gabriella says: I wasnt surprised when i saw that they were giving chicken patty…again! Some people like the chicken patty sometimes but i dont like it. They always give the same thing over and over again, they gave chicken patty like two days ago. I think im not the only one who wants some variety. The potatoe salad isnt that good and i would choose my moms potatoe salad over this potatoe salad anyday! It tastes sour and bitter, the only good part about this lunch was the peach. also why do we even have the trays if the food comes inside the foil trays, its wasting trays! I declare this horrible lunch GUILTY!

Lunch Break: No School for Students Today by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 10, 2010, 7:40 am
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FoodTeacherAmy says: Hi Everyone! Students have no school today (teachers do), so there will be no lunch. However, I wanted to share a bit of great news! Earlier this week, I found out I won this Good Egg Project: Back to Breakfast Challenge grant for our school! It was granted to 12 teachers nationwide, and comes from Scholastic and the American Egg Board. It will be put to use during the 2010-11 school year. Woohoo!

Chicken And Rice with Broccoli by khadijaz
June 9, 2010, 2:14 pm
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3/4 Guilty

Khadija and Aysha say: Today the lunch we were served was 3/4 guilty. Why? because the chicken was kind of wet. When our parents make chicken it’s not like that. It tasted like a half-cooked chicken. The rice was pretty good. If there were vegetables in it I can guarantee every one would eat it. It would even be more healthier. The broccoli was disgusting. We expected broccoli like the broccoli we are served in chinese food. The broccoli was really wet. When ever I tried to eat it, it would just fall down. It tasted more like a broccoli that was given to us after 100 years. We know we say we want healthy food! But in this case we are getting encouraged to eat junk food. Why? because the food we eat don’t taste good. Its uncooked, wet, bad, it doesn’t seem healthy. So what are we supposed to eat. We can’t bring food from home everyday. So we are encouraged to say you know what a pack of chips are only $.25 and chips taste much better than school food so im going to buy that. If we were served rice with fresh vegetables who would waste their money on a pack of chips? Noone! So if we are getting food like this we would just eat junk! Every kid would probably decide the same. We know the school food might seem healthy but it should also taste like it and should look it. These food don’t encourage us. Like if you have ever watched the show Jamie Oliver’s food revolution. Jamie goes to a highschool. There he serves a salad with fresh vegetables and almost everyone had a good impression. They  didn’t even mention that we want french fries more than this salad we are getting. Why? Because the salad taste perfect the vegetables were fresh and perfect. Jamie oliver had sure helped them. They were on their way to  become a healthy child. Thats our point!

Special Report: Michelle Obama is the most awesome human on the planet by schoollunchfoundguilty
June 8, 2010, 11:45 am
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FoodTeacherAmy says: We had a half-day today, so instead of reading our usual post, please read this article from the Washington Post. Long story short, it’s about Michelle Obama’s call for professional chefs to get involved in their local schools. I love the fact that this “Chefs Move to Schools” initiative concentrates not only on making lunches healthier, but also fresher and tastier. There has been a lot of focus on the former, without any consideration for the latter, which is a huge mistake. After all, a lunch is only healthy if a kid eats it, so it’s important that we take their youthful taste buds into consideration when we examine their lunches. Encouraging chef-school partnerships is a brilliant way to ensure that food and kids (!) are treated with the respect they deserve. Thank you, Michelle Obama!

For more information on the Chefs Move to Schools program, click here.

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