Listen to students to improve lunch menu

The lunch at ETHS is lackluster.

With no student input, the cafeteria food has plenty of room for improvement.

The United States Department of Agriculture has recently put into effect new nutrition requirements for schools that are part of the National School Lunch and School Breakfast Programs. These requirements have greatly changed what’s available
to students on the lunch menu this year. After years of candy and sugary drinks being the highlight of cafeteria food, it is now time for the food made by the ETHS Nutrition Services Department to command the food scene.

The federal requirements state that a school can only serve items that are in a very specific range of calories, and below set fat and sodium limits. Any foods that don’t meet the requirements cannot be served, whether in vending machines or by the lunch staff, until half an hour after school ends.

However, this policy is only enforced for students who are on free or reduced lunch. Students who aren’t on either of these programs aren’t held by the same standards.

The best way to give all students an incentive to order the school-made food would be to have options the students are interested in. With the current program in place, that seems impossible.

Luckily, this problem has a very simple solution. ETHS must have some system of student feedback which they could use to increase the quality of their food.

We must act soon to switch the method of serving lunch. Eating at school should be more than just lackluster, and the time to change is now.

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