School Lunch Found Guilty!

Chicken Patty with Corn & Ketchup by noureens
May 7, 2010, 1:44 pm
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Guilty!!!! 😦

Esme and Noureen said: Today’s lunch was guilty!!!!! The patty was very moist and the corn was all wet and soggy! It could make somebody vomit for all we care!!!! Me and Esme were very angry because we didn’t like the food they were serving!! The milk was also OK, because it had a good taste and saved the lunch. The ketchup was a bit too SAUCY!!! It had a very tomatoish taste, that could make us sick. We even again put a sad face, to show the lunch was horrible, and didn’t taste right!! The corn had water all over it, making it taste like trash!!! That’s all from Noureen and Esme!! 🙂


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Only in America would food ever be treated in this manner. In Japan, if you’re invited to someone’s home for dinner and leave even one bite of food on your plate to be thrown away, it is considered the equivalent of spitting in your hosts face.

Keep in mind that I am currently studying to be a teacher and I definitely plan on fighting for better school lunches throughout my future career. However, the way that you are treating food that is given to you is extremely disrespectful. All that I have seen is people ripping apart food, saying how “nasty” and “disgusting” it is rather than saying what is good, and exactly what changes could be implemented.

Believe it or not these meals have been put together with your best interests at heart. Someone made this food for you so that you could have a hot, and mostly nutritious, lunch during school. The way that you are behaving is that you have zero respect for the people that are making this for you. If I was in power and reading this, I wouldn’t want to make these lunches better, I would want to take them away all together because none of you appreciate the hard work that goes into it.

I see so many contradictions in your posts. Sometimes you say that you want healthy foods and other times you say you want junk like doritos to be served to you. Pick a stance and stick to it instead of flip flopping back and forth. If all you want is junk food, it’s cheap enough so just bring it from home. If you want healthy food, than encourage that within your school, instead of this crusade on food that many other children in the would would appreciate and enjoy.

Comment by Ally

I can see what you’re trying to say but, really, you’re comparing apples and oranges. When a person invites you into their home for a meal, no matter how humble, they typically have prepared it with care and they serve it with pride. I imagine Japan is no different from any other place where the guest is given the biggest portion, the best piece, the first helping. Of course it would be disrespectful to scoff at a host’s efforts.

But imagine how you’d feel if you were invited into the home of a powerful person you trusted, and they ate delicious crispy green salad and luscious fruit while talking about your obesity and dumping a can of dog food on a Styrofoam tray in front of you. An extreme illustration? Maybe, but I think you have an inaccurate picture of the modern school cafeteria.

The meat that comes into NYC schools has been cooked in a factory somewhere, frozen, and shipped to the school, where it is reheated and served to students. The cafeteria workers have little, if any, input into the menu or the preparation of the food. They are hired to unpack, heat and deliver a product, not create one. It’s not their fault the food is bad, and my students understand this. They treat the people in our cafeteria with plenty of respect. The people students are really rallying against, whether they fully understand it or not, are the corporations who sell cheap meat to schools, and the policymakers who make it nearly impossible to do anything different with school food.

I have to say I worry a little bit when a future teacher takes one look at a group of 6th-graders, who are doing what they can to call attention to their concerns, and attacks them by saying she wouldn’t want to make the lunches better, but take them away. If you take everything your students say personally and punish them for it by withholding your professional duties and care, you are going to have a heartbreaking time. These are children, remember. They are still learning – about nutrition, about raising their voices, about the different ways to try and make a change. As adults, and as teachers, it’s our job to pick up their fight and do what we can to help, not scold them for being kids.

Since you mentioned that this kind of treatment of food could happen “only in America,” let me point out the obvious: We are in America, and in America, eligible students are entitled to a free lunch. The children here are not responsible for the financial situations of their families, nor are they responsible for the policies that allow them to be fed at school every day. But let’s not add insult to the injury of financial difficulty by demanding that they be grateful no matter what.

Comment by FoodTeacherAmy

Hey there! I enjoy reading your blog; I’m a freshman in high school hoping to become a nutritionist when I grow up, so I read many of these kinds of blogs. Yours is one of my favorites!

In response to thhis particular lunch, I do think you are being a bit too picky. It’s just ketchup…from a packet…there is no way you can mess that up; the ketchup probably has been the same for a long, long time, yet you’re just complaining about it now?

In general, from what I’ve noticed, there are ALOT of starches in these meals. I’d like to see more veggies. But then again, you guys don’t eat the ones you’re given, so I guess that’d be a waste.

Personally, I believe you should state the facts first, opinions last in the post. Rather than “This stuff is disgusting!” Say why politely, as in, “The chicken was pretty soggy; it tasted kind of mushy. The majority of my friends didn’t eat it due to the fact that they thought it was nasty.”

Comment by Emily

You took the words out of my mouth. I think your way of wording would definitely make the reviews sound a lot less hostile and more objective.

Comment by Donna

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