School Lunch Found Guilty!

Special Report: Summer Vacation
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!


Lunch Break: June 16-18
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
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!


Chicken patty, potatoe salad and peach
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
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!

Special Report: Michelle Obama is the most awesome human on the planet
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.

So…. NYC chefs… want to adopt our school?                                                                Email us @

ground-beefcorn and-chips
June 7, 2010, 3:07 pm
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half guilty

Mayra says:todays lunch was horrible (except for the chips).I thought today’s lunch was horrible because the meat did not look like it was ready to get eaten. I know it does not look ready because the meat looked pink in the inside, I usually see that the meat is brown and good looking to be eaten. So instead of eating the meat I just ate the chips cause I know it is good to eat. I wish that there was salad because salad is healthy and good. Know I am starving IF ONLY THERE WAS SALAD I WOULD NOT BE STARVING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!.:(