Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Garden City guest poster...Legit Lindy!

I am very excited to announce that The School Lunches Suck! Blog is going to start featuring another guest poster, Lindy! Like me, Lindy is a senior in high school who is not very happy with the new federal guidelines regarding school lunch. Be on the lookout for more posts from Lindy, and later this week another post from Lukas!

My name is Lindy and I am an unhappy and underfed senior at Garden City High School in Garden City, Kansas.  This year, I will be a member of the first graduating class out of our district’s brand new, $97 million high school.  I will also be a member of probably the most underfed senior class that’s ever had the privilege of being a Garden City Buffalo.  Seriously.

Until this year, Garden City’s juniors and seniors had the 

privilege of leaving campus for lunch.  For most, that meant a quick run home for a bite to eat, a walk across the street to Subway, or a mad dash to one of the many nearby fast food restaurants.  But, our new school came with new rules—one of those being that we are now all stuck on campus for lunch.

Honestly, the majority of my school’s 2000+ students weren't really very worried about it.  Although we were being stripped of one of the few privileges of being upperclassmen, we were promised that we would have more lunch options and a higher quality of food coming out of our brand spankin’ new kitchen.  Boy, were we in for a surprise the first day when we walked in the cafeteria and saw what they had to offer!
Everyday, we pretty much have three options: hamburgers, pizza, or some type of Mexican food, and don’t forget a handful of soggy, half-baked French fries.  The quality of the food isn't exactly the greatest, but the portions are even worse.  I don’t participate in sports, but I do lead an active lifestyle.  By the time I get home from work, I’m STARVING.  I can’t even imagine how hungry the football players, volleyball girls, or cheerleaders are after they get done with practice.  When high school students are being fed the same portions as grade school students, you know that you have a problem.

The majority of our school’s athletes survive by eating multiple meals.  It’s not uncommon to see a football player eat three school lunches in one sitting.  With our school lunches ringing in at $2.30, that means that the football players are paying $6.90 every day just so they aren't hungry.  Wouldn't it be more reasonable to feed us one meal that actually fills us up?

What’s on the menu today? 9/18/12
-One Beef Enchilada
-Handful of Tortilla Chips
-Packaged Fruit

My fellow students, it’s time to speak up.  If we don’t tell them that we’re unhappy, nothing will ever change.  We’re the ones eating the meals, we should have a say.  Let’s do something about it!

Until Next Time,

Thanks, Lindy!!!

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  1. This is terrific!!! If you are 18 or older, please use this to excersice your right to vote!!! Stand up for what you believe in!!!

  2. New school is always an opportunity for a power play. You will have to combat this idiocy your entire lives, especially with the last two presidents. Don't give up home. Sanity is out there.

  3. Are you taking all you are allowed? This picture meets menu pattern minimums but you could have more without exceeding maximums.

  4. I am almost sure that they are not taking all they are allowed. As I understand it there really is no limit to the amount of fruits and vegetables that you are allowed to take. Also the portion sizes for high school and elementary are not the same. It is all based off of calories. And I agree that maybe there should be a few more calories but honestly does every child need to eat thousands and thousands of calories a day. And yes maybe you are hungry at the end of the day but your bodies will adapt. You are all just use to eating out of control.

  5. Honestly, I respectfully disagree. We aren't asking for thousands of calories, just enough to keep up with our active lifestyles. If you read a few of Travis's earlier posts, he cites that high school students need at least 3000 calories/day-- directly from the USDA website. Our bodies shouldn't have to adapt to not getting all the nutrients that we need, the meal should satisfy that. While I agree that fruits and vegetables are great, there are other things to be taken into consideration, such as the lack of sufficient protein in our diet.