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No More Questioning Mysterious Green Beans

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Middle school students choosing healthy food in cafeteria lunch line

Everybody knows that cafeteria food isn’t the best, but how could that improve? Cafeteria food has many problems that not everyone is discussing, like how the fruit is slimy and the mac and cheese is dry. School lunches could be better in so many different ways, for example, the different variety of foods you can choose from on the daily. Our lunches have so much room for improvement, so as someone who doesn’t buy cafeteria food, I decided to interview another student who does.

After asking Juliet Young, an 8th grader at McC, how she feels about the choices available in the lunch line, she replied “I think the meal choices provided could be healthier and cleaner.” Additionally, the food provided has quite minimal variation, but it also doesn’t have the best nutrient-rich choices for growing teenagers. I believe this could change by taking away some of the many fried food options and adding in more types of greens, instead of only two different salads. Even so, most of the fried foods aren’t appealing to most students. They are either soggy to the point of the skin peeling off, or dry to the bone.

Another thing Juliet said is “I think the lunch lines could improve and be faster if it had more staff.” Not only do I agree with this statement, but it could also really do a plus for the many students who buy lunches every day, that are having to wait 10 minutes just in line. Adding more staff, or possibly more checkout areas, could be a great use of space and will definitely make things move at quicker rates.

Although this is a topic that is quite controversial because there are some schools out there that don’t have the best meal options, I do believe that there will always be room to grow and improve, possibly over the next few years. The cafeteria is slowly changing day by day for the better, and I have an idea that these changes could make it greater.

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