By Clairissa Moore
If you ask any East High student their opinion on the food served in the cafeteria, their response will range anywhere from “okay” to “disgusting.” Bad cafeteria food is a staple in most high schools, but what many don’t realize is that it has an impact on our education. After all, people generally don’t want to sit and listen when they’re hungry. Chef Jeff Christiano, who has advocated for better food asks, “Could you imagine how much academic achievement would increase if students didn’t have to worry about what they’re eating?” Christiano, who feels very strongly about feeding us better says, “The solution is real food, cooked from scratch.”
Chef Jeff stated he’d be happy to provide that for us, but unfortunately his hands are tied. RCSD is a 100% free lunch district, which means all our food comes from the government, and one school can’t have better food than the rest. If we get food made from scratch in a regulated kitchen, the entire district needs to have that too.
So neither the cafeteria staff nor Chef Jeff can get us better food, but maybe we can. I can’t in good conscience suggest a hunger strike, especially considering students who get their only meals here. However, if enough of us contact organizations like the National School Lunch Program, the United States Department of Agriculture, or locally based government officials, and tell them of our problems, maybe we can change what goes on our trays.