Have Champion Schools' parents' children come home hungry and complaining about the lunch they had at school? My child has come home from middle school and has told me about how terrible the school pizza is, and I have learned how it is made. I remember in school how good the pizza used to be. We had those rectangle cheese pizzas and they were good. I have learned that the school gets theirs frozen in triangles. The cook - yes, one cook - snaps the triangles apart and puts them in the oven.
There also was a day that the middle school served garbanzo beans. I don't know any adults who eat them, let alone children. This past week, the children were served cooked spinach and mashed sweet potatoes, both from a can. My child said it looked disgusting. And that same day, their grain was a pretzel rod.
Every week is the same thing. I call it the military, or prison, menu. Chicken Monday, Burger Tuesday, Mexican Wednesday, Pizza Thursday and Breadsticks Friday. That's right, breadsticks.
The schools have raised their prices and lowered their standards. I have started to research other school menus and am planning to petition the schools to revamp their cafeteria situation. I know that if either my child or I don't like what they are serving, pack instead, but what about the children who get free lunches and parents can't afford packing? I know there is a lot of food going into the trash.
If the parents in Champion are having the same feelings about this as I am, they can contact me, either by commenting to this editorial or emailing me the number to firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are many more substandard issues that I know about and will discuss with parents if they are as disgusted as I am.
-- Mark Toth, Warren