Actual Aramark School Lunch: The Reality
Photo Credit: Shirley Hernandez
Off Campus Lunch
Why are students at some schools trusted while we are not? We are as responsible as students in the magnet schools and deserve off campus lunch. There are some restrictions though. We propose that only juniors and seniors be allowed to leave the building for their lunch period. To be eligible they would have to be passing all their classes and have no cutting. If cutting occurs, the privilege would be revoked. Eligible students could be reevaluated weekly during advisory. Students would be given a different color pass every week with their name on it. Those who start failing a class or cut class will not receive a pass the following advisory. Using these restrictions will make off campus lunch an option for certain students and will help the system track students who are able to leave the building. This is a privilege for students, they need to earn it. This will make students strive to work harder and do better in school, which is beneficial for our school.
Other schools have vending machines and we should too. Some schools have vending machines on every floor. At Schurz they sell Honey Buns, which aren’t even healthy. They could be filled with healthy/semi-healthy snacks and drinks. This would increase variety and make hundreds of dollars for our school.
We would like to see items such as apples, baked chips, granola bars, Rice Krispy treats, Fiber One bars, Pop-Tarts, cookies, gum, and drinks like Arizona iced tea, Gatorade, vitamin water, apple/orange juice, and bottled water.
Vending machines should be placed in the cafeteria. That way students will not over-crowd the halls and it will keep food out of the classrooms.
Kiosk in Cafeteria
Over the years Roosevelt has been losing millions of dollars due to budget cuts. Being able to sell snacks in the kiosk will bring a small amount of money back to our school. It was a bad decision to take away the kiosk we had in the lunchroom. Kids can no longer buy juice, cookies, chips, slushies, and other things they used to buy. The school is not getting that money from students, which could be used to get new tables or fix the floor in the lunchroom. Since they took the kiosk away we have kids that are selling candy and chips they are sneaking inside school. This is bad because you don’t know what they could be putting in the food and they are making money for themselves. If Roosevelt would open the kiosk all the money could go to the school instead to fix up the lunchroom.
We should sell cookies and ice cream because students like to have something sweet and the school lunch doesn’t come with anything sweet. Chicago has crazy cold winters and selling coffee or hot chocolate can warm students and staff up while they are waiting to be released to go to class. Many classrooms don’t have air conditioning. On hot summer days slushies can be sold.
Slushie machine at Forman. Photo credit: Shirley Hernandez
Changes in the lunch itself
We need something to drink besides milk or chocolate milk for lunch. Not all students can or want to drink milk every day. They should offer apple or orange juice like they used to, or bottled water. They should also offer a dessert such as cheese cake, cookies, yogurt, flan, or tres leche cake. Providing a dessert will keep kids from sneaking food into school and eating during instruction. The cardboard lunch trays are gross and bad for the environment. We also need new tables and chairs in the cafeteria.
Green chicken has got to go. Maybe it was grass fed? Photo Credit: Shirley Hernandez
Delivery Area in the Cafeteria
In our research we found at least one school that allows students to order outside food and have it delivered to the cafeteria. This makes their lunch more enjoyable. Students have been working hard to succeed and bring up our school’s reputation. Therefore, we deserve a better lunch.
Delivering food to the cafeteria should be allowed. Students should have the opportunity to choose what they would like to eat. Since Aramark cafeteria food is similar, and sometimes worse than Aramark prison food, we should not have to eat it because it is low quality. We are not prisoners so there is no reason why we can’t order our own. If a good meal was provided to us there would be no reason to buy our own but since we are not provided with good quality food we should at least have the choice to pick what we would like to eat.
Having a specific delivery area in the cafeteria is an incredible idea, because students will not go out to get food outside of school. This will create more jobs for businesses and students will have a variety of choices. In Roosevelt we do not have many choices and we get bored of the same food. This is not common in many neighborhood schools, so it can attract students. This will also improve attendance for 8th period because many students leave to go get food.