Are school lunches really that bad? As a student who eats school lunches every day and a picky eater, I would say that while some days the food is great, other days, it’s unpalatable. Here are some of my ratings for school food in the last two weeks.
9/19: Vegetarian Pizza
9/20: Beef, Mashed Potatoes with Gravy, and Broccoli
Today’s lunch was different from the sandwiches, salads, and other typical dishes that M-A usually serves. I liked the mashed potatoes but would give the overall meal a 3/5 as the beef was a bit tasteless.
Junior Jace Furman said, “I think the school lunches are probably a lot higher quality than other schools might have, but they definitely have a long ways to go in terms of improvement. A lot of their food is low quality. I would rate today’s lunch a 2/5 or 3/5.”
9/21: Chicken Quesadilla with Vegetables
9/22: Mini Burritos
This lunch was not very filling, and I don’t think it was enough food for a high schooler. The burritos also weren’t great and tasted greasy. I rate today’s lunch a 1/5.
Senior Eden Fisher said, “ This lunch is alright. It’s pretty good for school lunches, but I do think it could be better quality, especially when some of the batches are older, or don’t taste as fresh. But, they are good quality for school lunches and they’re free. I would rate it a 2/5.”
9/23: Cheese Pizza
9/26: Spaghetti and Stuffed Cheese Bread
The spaghetti was not bad, though it was cold by the time I got my food. I thought the stuffed cheese bread was dry and I wasn’t a fan, although I know it’s a favorite of some other students. I give this lunch a 3/5.
Senior Alex Fraser said some interesting things: “We had a choice of spaghetti or spaghetti with cheese. I took spaghetti with cheese. I thought it was gonna be hot because it had insulation on it, but it wasn’t even warm. It was cold. I did like the meat in the tomatoes, but it was not well-seasoned. Other than that, I would rate it a 4/5.”
9/28: Jalapeño Cheeseburger
I wasn’t a huge fan of the jalapeño on a cheeseburger, and I generally don’t like spicy food anyway. However, it did make the burger more flavorful and interesting. I’d rate this as one of the better lunches, at 4/5.
Sophomore Bruce Klingspor said, “In general, school lunches are not the most diverse food options, and I wouldn’t say they’re the highest quality, but they’re not inedible. For today’s lunch, I give it a 2/5.”
9/29: Rice with Beef, Broccoli, and Jícama
I think this was my first time trying jícama, and I thought it was a bit flavorless and dry. The broccoli was well-cooked, and the rice and beef were good too, especially together. I’d give this lunch a 4/5.
Junior Maeko Solomon, who chose a different lunch for the day, said, “I had a burger, and it was pretty good. It’s usually kind of dry, so I had to put a bunch of ketchup on it. I would rate it a 5/5. The quality was good but it probably could be better.”
9/30: Meat Lovers’ Sandwich
For someone who’s not big on sandwiches, particularly ones that only have meat in them, I did not love the meat lovers’ sandwich. It was just bread with pork, nothing else with it, and it was a bit boring. Unfortunately this lunch gets a 1/5, and I didn’t even want to finish it.
Senior Kiely Tabaldo chose the other lunch option of the day, and enjoyed it much more. Tabaldo said, “I had a burger and celery sticks. It was good, and I’d rate it 5/5. The quality was great, and I know there was blood, sweat, and tears put into that burger.”
Overall, school lunches have their ups and downs. While I didn’t like some of the meals, they were mostly alright, especially for being free.