CHICAGO – Students in Chicago’s public schools have had their fill of brown lettuce, soggy gray broccoli, and processed pizza and burgers served in school cafeterias in recent years.
Students in Michelle Obama’s home district are now lashing out over their nasty lunches with a website devoted to highlighting food quality issues and CPS’ contract with Aramark, the company brought in two years ago to take over the nutrition program, WBEZ reports.
Aramark arrived at CPS about the same time district officials worked with the federal government to provide free lunches to all students, yet despite the giveaway the number of students eating school lunch plummeted by 1 million the first year, and 800,000 in the second.
A North Side high school student explained why: “Because the food is disgusting.”
“We want bigger portions, more nutritious food and (food) partly handmade from scratch,” Roosevelt High School Junior Shirley Hernandez told the news site. “It’s a human right to have decent food, not the lowest quality food.”
The situation prompted Hernandez and several other students in her honors civics class to tackle school lunch issues as part of a class project, and they’re already gaining attention with a new website and lunch boycotts scheduled for this week. Read More