“Great green globs of greasy, slimy, gopher guts.” This is a song we all once used to help describe food at campgrounds, but is this trend of unappealing food seeping into the Saguaro High School cafeteria as well? The Saguaro administration needs to change the quality of food they serve, or present students with better alternatives in the cafeteria.
In this generation of health conscience youth, wouldn’t it make more sense to use only natural, low fat ingredients? Students who buy their lunch regularly were interviewed and 95 percent said that the food made them feel low on energy, and quite sad. And 90 percent interviewed stated that they felt the district was not making healthy eating a priority for all students. “OH MY GOSH! I could use my pretzel as a blunt weapon!” said junior Analise Ortiz while eating lunch in the quad. Another student commented saying “well, at least your food isn’t rubbery like my pizza sticks!” Sophomore, Natalie Ramirez had an opposing comment “I like the wraps and deli selections! I just wish they had more to choose from!” while the cafeteria does have a small amount of healthy selections the other items you see on warmers are covered with a shiny grease coating or when pulled out of cardboard packaging are hard or have the elasticity of a rubber band. How can the school call all their food healthy when it has the qualities of office supplies?
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With such a small selection of seemingly healthy food, its no wonder many students choose to go hungry through their afternoon classes awaiting the final bell in order to go someplace for a satisfying meal. When interviewed, Sierra Miller, a sophomore stated, “I just wait to eat after school, I can go to subway for the same price and know what I’m eating is actually good for me!” if the school offered more food they knew was healthy, students wouldn’t half to starve themselves the second part of the day. Other after school hot spots students rave about are Souper Salads, YC’s Mongolian BBQ, and Los Favoritoes’. If the school could get more kids eating lunch, students would be more focused and test scores could potentially raise 10 percent.
With the United States becoming more and more concerned with the obesity epidemic shouldn’t individual schools try and reverse that trend as well? Saguaro High School needs to add more choices to the menu or adapt the food they already have so students can’t compare it to things they find at the bottom of their backpacks. Or allow students with a certain GPA the ability to go off campus for lunch. Having these options available would not only benefit the student body in their dietary choices but also serve as motivation in improving and maintaining good grades.