Feature: M-A Food Committee Expects Appetizing Changes

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M-A's new food committee eagerly awaited student signatures of support at this year's Club Rush. The signatures were scanned and sent to Mr. Lianides on February 13.

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.”