M-A Food Committee Expects Appetizing Changes

Hannah Ellefritz

Hannah Ellefritz

Despite the limited and unappetizing food available at M-A, lackluster dining options here on campus are not going unnoticed by the school’s students and faculty. Though M-A’s Food Committee was formed back in the 2011-2012 school year, the movement so far has been limited to discussion.

The main issue the committee identifies in public school food is the lack of fresh, healthy, and simply appetizing options. Though the committee recognizes the standing “financial and logistical” barriers that impede the progress of the committee, they remain strong in their goal to allow all Sequoia Union High School District students access to higher quality, fresher food at school.

Currently, the food services for the district follows an institutional model from the 1970s. The food sold at our beloved Speedways is currently made offsite in a kitchen near Sequoia High School, about 4.5 miles away. The food is then sent to the district’s various campuses and heated on site. The M-A Food Committee hopes to switch to a different model entirely, one in which the food is likely made on site. This, the Committee believes, will be conducive to fresher and healthier options and therefore to more constructive behaviors and lifestyles in students.

The Committee recognizes the possibility of an increased cost in fresher, higher-quality food. In a letter sent to Superintendent James Lianides, the M-A Food Committee addressed the issue of money.

“We understand the financial burden hiring a new food service company could bring, but we feel it would be money well spent,” the letter reads.

Senior Tyler Finn has been very active on the Committee. He, too, believes that the potential benefits of new food options are well worth the investment.

“Better food costs more,” Finn admits, “but food is extremely important and certainly worth the cost to the district to provide our students with higher quality foods to help them be productive kids on campus.”

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12 Responses to “M-A Food Committee Expects Appetizing Changes”

  1. Liviera on February 20th, 2013 8:09 pm

    Healthy food should really be available at school. What we eat now is going to affect us later on in life, especially in learning good or bad eating habits. We should start having healthier food for those who want that option, and tastier food for those who eat school lunches instead ofn packed ones. With this issue, the benefits of healthier and tastier foods definitely outweigh the costs.

    shoover Reply:

    I completely agree. In addition, the majority of students who buy school lunches are on the free and reduced lunch program and can’t afford bringing their lunch to school every day, giving students with financial needs an unfair disadvantage in terms of nutrition.

  2. rgordan on February 21st, 2013 3:08 pm

    If they had better food, maybe people would actually pay for it and they wouldn’t lose more money.

    hellefritz Reply:

    I agree! A large expense of the district comes from feeding so many students on free and reduced lunches, but the food is so unappetizing that students that actually do have money to pay for lunch would rather pack one from home instead of buy what is offered to us. If our school offered better food, maybe students besides those on free and reduced lunches would pay for the meals.

  3. egrose on February 21st, 2013 5:47 pm

    I agree that the food situation at M-A is in need of reform. Though it is expensive, it would contribute to the pursuit of higher learning in our students and allow them to create healthier lifestyles.

    hellefritz Reply:

    Hmm. Definitely food for thought (literally and figuratively, if you will)!

  4. Will Hanley on February 21st, 2013 9:18 pm

    The prices for this food is outrageous. 3.50 for one slice of pizza? When I could get an entire Pizza Hut pizza for as little as $10 bucks? Come on… get with it MA. I must say, I have no problem playing 3.50 for a Spicy Chicken sandwich, those things are delicious, if not nutritious…

  5. Nolan Martin on February 22nd, 2013 12:47 am

    Ideally kids would buy lunch at full price and offset the cost of the free and reduced price lunch program. It would be nice to find out more about the program and where funding comes from (all district funded or does the state provide some funding?) It would be nice to not have to bring a lunch everyday to school. but at this point I would rather eat $3.50 in paper or coin form (yes, even pennies) than eat what my $3.50 would buy me at the Speedway.

  6. alai on February 26th, 2013 9:56 pm

    Hopefully the committee’s efforts pay off. I’ve never tried the food at the Speedway, but I’ve heard that it leaves a lot to be desired, and it would be great to give students easy access to healthier and more appetizing lunches.

  7. Ryan on March 19th, 2013 7:31 pm

    I’m really rooting for the Committee on this one. The food currently at M-A is extremely unhealthy and, in an age of nutritional awareness, this must be changed ASAP. Let’s hope healthier foods are a priority at M-A.

  8. kwoods on March 19th, 2013 11:06 pm

    I also agree that this is a significant issue that needs to be addressed. I know that the committee in charge of the food for the district works hard to keep all of the speedways up & running, but I would like to see some reform.

  9. kwoods on March 19th, 2013 11:07 pm

    I wrote this article last year – it has some information about the food & nutrition committee at the district level and, like hannah’s article, acknowledges that changes should be made. http://www.mabearnews.com/features/2011/10/02/overcrowded-speedways-pose-problem/