By KATIE PAULEY
Syracuse Arts Academy
Recently, a new school lunch policy has taken action all across the United States. Syracuse Arts Academy Jr. High is one of the schools affected by this policy.
The new lunch policy includes the ninth graders receiving an extra serving of the main course Р each student is required to take a certain amount of fruits and vegetables, and switch to whole grains and wheat to add nutritional value.
Some SAA students feel that they should have a say in this action. The students expressed their opinions on this topic:
“As a ninth grader, it is nice to receive more food, but I don’t truly think it is fair to the younger grades,” said Jaquelle Norton. “SAA should have the student’s survey the school lunch on what they think should be served, so they can even out what people like, with what should be served.”
Norton thinks that her idea should be shared with the school board and the U.S. Department of Agriculture (USDA).
Some students who attend Syracuse Arts Academy have debated the new lunch policy.
“I’m actually okay with the policy,” said eighth grader Kiyanna Anderton. “What I disagree with is the quality of the food. Some people just are not used to being served whole grains and certain foods with nutritional value. As a result, they don’t enjoy what is served to them at school.”
When it comes to the older grades receiving more food than the younger ones, she considers it to be “wasteful.”
Most students agree with the statement that the ninth graders receiving more food is “unfair” and “wasteful.”
“The policy establishes new, science-based nutrition standards for the National School Lunch and Breakfast Programs,” reads the USDA policy. “These standards are based on the recommendations of doctors, nutritionists, and other experts.
“They are designed to ensure that taxpayer-funded school meals reinforce the efforts of parents who are trying to instill their children with healthy eating habits and lifestyles in the face of the nation’s growing child obesity epidemic,” it said.
The students are fully aware of the epidemic and what the government is trying to promote. However, some think that if students exercise and eat mildly healthy or nutritious food, they should be safe from the epidemic.
“I understand that child obesity is growing in America,” said one student. “That is why this rule has been enforced so much at our school. I just think that if they could find a way to make the food good for you, and still taste good, that would be great.”