Aramark won the Chicago Public Schools lunch contract in 2013 amid accusations that CPS school food chief Leslie Fowler favored the company, which is her former employer. The CPS inspector general report described a case, matching hers, that says the administrator engaged in “questionable conduct” during that contract bidding process”. Source: Inspector General finds questionable conduct in CPS Photo Credit: Jasmine Castillo
Cafeteria lunches at school are made by the same company as prison food and that is a problem. Our lunches are nasty! They tell us not to waste food, but it tastes gross. Other schools have off-campus lunch and we at Roosevelt are stuck eating the cafeteria lunch. By increasing the quality of food or changing the menu options kids will eat it up instead of throwing it away.
We deserve changes in school lunch because all CPS students should be treated equally. It isn’t fair that other schools have more options or the privilege of going out to eat and we don’t. Adults should be able to trust that if students go out to eat for lunch, we will come back on time for class. How else will they know that we are responsible if they don’t take a chance?
It isn’t fair that plenty of other schools get food that’s much better than the food we get at Roosevelt. Everyone wants to be in a school that has tasty, popular food items and more lunch options. Put yourself in our shoes. You are already studying really hard and when you finally get to lunch you get a really small portion of terrible food. After that you must continue to go to the rest of your classes with low energy, because either it is too unappetizing or the portion is too small. Other schools in the area serve higher quality lunches and we deserve nothing less than what the best schools get. Even the Healthy Schools Campaign, sponsored by Aramark, admits:
“This much is clear: Students do want healthy, great-tasting food at school, and they deserve nothing less.”
Finally, we deserve a better lunch because we are a school on the rise. We improved our ACT scores and our attendance rates. If students don’t get a reward for what they do then they are just going to stop doing it. That is why we deserve a better lunch.
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This proposal outlines our ideas for change in our school for better, fresher, healthier meals. We also want more options other schools have such as vending machines and selling food in the central kiosk in the lunchroom. Finally, we deserve more freedom such as the ability for some students to have off campus lunch or the ability to order food and have it delivered to the cafeteria.