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

The vegetarian pizza was okay, although it was pretty dry. I’d rate it a 4/5 because I’m a lover of pizza, and it tasted like New York Pizza, but it was still too dry.

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

The chicken quesadilla was very dry and had a funny taste, as the cheese tasted off. The vegetables were okay but unextraordinary. I would rate this lunch a 2/5. 

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

Junior Landon Picard said, “I thought the lunches were pretty dry, not too good. The pizza was, it wasn’t so pizza-y and I would rate it a 2/5.” 

I’m not sure what makes a pizza not “pizza-y,” but I think today’s lunch was a bit flavorless. I’d give it a 3/5.

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.

Shakira Spencer is a senior and this is her first year in journalism. She wants to spread awareness in the community. She enjoys singing, and hanging out with friends.

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