Improving School Lunches

Improving School Lunches

There’s a reason many public school students choose to pack their own lunch everyday instead of purchasing lunches at school cafeterias. Most of the time, school lunches are delivered to schools with an inherent lower quality than other foods readily available to the public. The food present at public schools often does not contain essential nutrients and lacks sufficient nutritional value for students. In our opinion, school lunches should be enhanced for public school students to promote a healthier lifestyle and better school experience, considering some schools don’t allow students to leave campus during lunch.

Typically, the quality of public school lunches is much worse than that of corporations. Private companies and organizations have a past of testing their ground beef more thoroughly than the USDA tests the ground beef sent to some public schools. Although corporations manage to surpass schools in terms of food quality, school lunches have improved since the public has brought its attention to childhood obesity and healthy eating.

Of course, those who prepare the school lunches are in no way responsible for what goes on students’ lunch trays. School officials are typically in charge of deciding what foods to organize into meals.

We spoke with one student at Farragut High School, Dean Longmire, and asked his opinions of the lunches provided here.

Dean stated that, “Farragut lunches are substantial, however, they could have a better quality.”

We asked Dean if Farragut lunches seemed better or worse than those of other schools.

He responded, saying, “From what I can tell, there are other schools outside of Knox County that have really nice lunches, but I also know of schools that have worse lunches.”

Dean’s statement provided insight to us about why school lunches differ so much from school to school. The issue most likely comes down to a simple funding issue. Each county gives different amounts of funding to its public schools for lunch, and the quality of the lunches depends on how much the schools can afford.

Overall, local governments should place the lunches of public schools high on their list of priorities. This issue represents more than just lunches, but the well-being of students as well. School lunches act as symbols for how much priority local governments give their children. Children are the future of our society, and they should be given greater consideration than what they currently recieve.