Citywide Boycott,Granola, and more!

The Citywide Lunch Boycott is set for Tomorrow!  Participating schools include, but are not limited to:


Lincoln Park

Brighton Park


North Grand


Von Steuben



The greater Chicago Food Depository came today and took 12 pallets of granola cereal.  Thank You!  We gave 30 boxes of granola to teachers at other schools for the boycott.


Photo Credit: Mr. Meegan

Victories- What we won so far:

The slushie machine is ready to go and students will be able to buy slushies when they get back from break.

Snacks like cookies, granola bars, chips, and water are being offered in addition to Aramark school lunch.

We will get vending machines!

Our cafeteria is getting renovated!  We are getting a new floor, new chairs and tables, and a new freezer.  Thank you to Principal Vazquez, Ald Mell, and Rep. Andrade for your advocacy.  Our lunch project provided the push CPS needed to  get it done!  These are pics we sent along with a letter to the Alderman.  While she says she never received it, we are glad changes are being made.

Photo Credit: Chris Posso

What we still need to work on:

Improving Aramark quality, portions, and variety- our next meeting with CPS is January 8th.  The citywide boycott is important for this reason.  We hope they will commit to change!

Off campus lunch- The principal will need some more convincing

Delivery area in the cafeteria-This is a long shot that we have not brought up yet.



By Valerie Mendez and Andrae Zollicoffer



What we mean by Quality Food.

By quality we mean is that the food has no taste, texture is dry, biscuits are very dry and impossible to chew. The ingredients taste cheap.  The fruits and vegetables they serve us they’re not very fresh and some are rotten, for example the tomatoes taste sour and the packaged apple slices taste bitter and dry. Quality of school food should be nutritious, and fresh but instead we get prepackaged and processed food everyday. The only raw meat cooked at school is chicken drumsticks.  CPS is in a contract with Aramark but that doesn’t mean we deserve this type of food, us as students need healthy and fresh food in order to last the whole day with energy because some of us have after school activities to participate in.

Send Us Pictures !

How would you rate your kids lunch? Do you want a change ? Send pictures of your kids or your own school lunch and encourage them to be part of this change.

Students at Roosevelt High School are taking their own hands to improve this horrible lunch problem. Pictures only from this school alone arent enough for a change, in order to show Aramark that this is not just this school’s problem is citywide in order to prove this we need students to take pictures of their lunch and send them to us so that we can post them on our website and let them know is not only our school that has a really bad lunch. If we all get in this together we might be able to make this change happen, we’ve boycotted December 3rd, 4th, and 7th to call Aramark’s attention to let them know about this issue now is your turn to help us because is not only our issues is all of us CPS students who are tired of getting this kind of food.


Willis T., Cathertine G., Denis T., Anthony D., Lali L., Samantha W., and Vanessa R.

The Meeting With Leslie Fowler


Evidence that the Boycott had a big Impact.  Photo Credit: Eduardo Rodriguez

On December 8th 2015, Roosevelt students got to meet with Aramark and the director of nutrition support services, Leslie Fowler.  It started off okay everyone was talking and trying to get their point across. But the meeting was not set up for negotiating.  Leslie Fowler was standing up front by the stage in the auditorium. the students sat in the front row facing her, and the CPS and Aramark people sat behind us.

The students first started off with the demand that they want more options, bigger portions, and better quality. They told Leslie Fowler how nasty the lunches are and the quality,and the small portions. We get the same options everyday now we want change.

The students think they started good and ended bad because Leslie Fowler  started talking out of anger in a calm manner. She told us, “all of your problems should be told to the lunch ladies at your school”, basically saying our lunch ladies make our food so it’s their fault.  She only wanted to address food preparation issues, not address the quality of the ingredients in the food.

We feel Ms. Fowler never cared for us just by her tone, and the way she was talking to us, cutting us off, the Aramark people, and our teacher.  She tried to sweet talk us by saying 5 members from our team can help her out with the menus and give our opinion on new lunches by taste testing them.  But she said it would be 3 months until they were actually served.  Problem is our school did the same thing last year and nothing changed.

She also wanted us to audit our lunch ladies.  Our classes voted to reject that proposal because we don’t want to get them in trouble plus Aramark should audit their own stuff.

She also said that the lunches were free, they did not come out of our taxes because they were paid for by tarriffs on imports.  Our teacher said it’s the same thing because the cost of tarriffs is passed on to whoever buys the product.  We looked it up and asked around and found this out:

“The funding for the USDA child nutrition programs, which include breakfast, school lunch, summer, WIC, the Child and Adult Food Program, comes from yearly Congressional appropriations.  That means our programs are funded by general revenue from the taxpayers.Each year the House and Senate Agriculture Appropriations Committees work together to come up with a bill that provides funding for the FNS programs.”

We are not asking for too much just-

more options

better quality

bigger portions

Meantime we are planning a citywide boycott on Thursday, December 17th to show them we mean business.  All students should participate!


By Terreon Williams and Natesha Clark

What we mean by Greater Variety

Things that we would like to see in the school lunch

  1. Real Tacos w/ real cheese
  2. White Rice
  3. Cheese Fries
  4. Chicken Salad
  5. Fresh vegetables/Salad bar
  6. Veggie Burgers
  7. Ravioli
  8. Garlic bread
  9. Chicken Noodle Soup w/ Vegetables
  10. Enchiladas
  11. Noodles
  12. Spaghetti
  13. Chicken tenders
  14. Mashed potatoes w/ gravy
  15. Pudding
  16. Jello
  17. Better variety of fresh fruits
  18. Desserts(yogurt,ice cream,Brownies)
  19. Hot beverages (coffee, hot chocolate, etc)
  20. Vitamin water
  21. Watermelon
  22. Mangos
  23. Chinese food
  24. Shrimp pasta
  25. Iced tea/sweet
  26. Lemonade
  27. Orange juice
  28. Apple juice
  29. Corndogs

CPS City-Wide Boycott


Poster Credit: Nancy Martinez

ATTENTION PARENTS, TEACHERS, AND STUDENTS from all CPS schools! On December 17, 2015 there will be a lunch boycott day! Let’s all unite as one to make a change for a better lunch food. Don’t let Aramark earn from the low quality food we eat. If we continue to give in to low quality standards, things will never change. Let’s be treated like students, not like animal or criminals!

If you need snacks please contact us, we will be able to provide you with granola. There will be a granola pick up day at Roosevelt High on Tuesday, 12/15/15 from 3-5 PM.  3436 W Wilson.  Contact us at to arrange a way to pick it up from Roosevelt High School.

By: Jose Navarro, Duyen Ho, Maria Reyes, Preksha Desai, and Vanessa Recinos.

ATENCION PADRES, MAESTROS, Y ESTUDIANTES de todas las escuelas de CPS! En Diciembre 17, 2015 va ver un dia de boicot! Vamos a unirnos todos como uno para crear un cambio para tener mejor comida. No hay que dejar a Aramark ganar mas dinero de la pobre cualidad de la comida que comemos.Si continuamos comiendo esta comida de baja cualidad las cosas nunca van a cambiar.Hay que ser tratados como estudiantes, y no como animales o criminales!


Si ocupan comida por favor contactenos y nosotros le daremos granola. Ponganse en contacto con nosotros a para arreglar una manera de darles la granola.

By: Ana Mendoza, Anahi Delabra, and Alondra Ramirez.


IMG_0584The granola that will be distributed.

La granola que sera destribuida

Thank You to Our Donors

We would like to send our thank yous to Mercola for donating the granola cereal. The Dill Pickle Food & Co-Op for donating organic oranges, apples, bananas and yogurt to our school. We would also like to thank our principal, Ms.Vazquez for giving out granola bars. We would like to thank you for your contribution, we couldn’t have done it without your help. The boycott was so successful thanks to your support. One more thank you to everyone supporting us through our blog and any other social media, you have helped us get the attention needed to make a change, thank you!

By: Amy Lagunas, Anahi Delabra, and Alondra Ramirez.

Results of Student Survey

Over 550 students were surveyed and the results are in!  Here they are:

  1. What Class are you in?


Frosh-30%            Soph-31%             Jr- 36%             Sr- 3%


2. On a scale of 1-10, how would you rate the quality of School Lunch?



3. Will you commit to keeping school clean in exchange for vending machines?


4. Better Quality Food/more options/larger portions


5. Open kiosk in Cafeteria to sell snacks.


6. How do you feel about vending machines?



7. How do you feel about a delivery area in the cafeteria?


8. Off campus lunch*



9. How likely will you be to participate in the lunch boycott?


10. How likely is it that a boycott will change our school lunch?



Students boycott pt. 3

143 students boycotted Thursday (12/03); 437 boycotted Friday (12/04); 539 boycotted Monday (12/07).

They served about 230 kids.

Special thanks to Mike Gavin and the Dill Pickle Food Co-Op who donated organic apples, bananas, oranges, yogurt, and granola. The granola cereal was donated by Dr. Joseph Mercola of

Also the student negotiating team will be meeting with Food Service Director Leslie Fowler, Tomorrow.