High school students in a Connecticut town are joining together to fight their school’s lunch program because they say it’s riddled with serious issues.
Students at Connecticut’s Farmington High School say they are fed up with their school’s lunch program. In an attempt to enact change, they are boycotting the food and demanding specific things from the food service company responsible for the school lunches.
A Facebook group was set up to bring students together. Since it started, over 500 people have joined. Many students are posting pictures of moldy food and sharing their experiences with their school’s lunch program.
“Freshman are coming in thinking that the garbage they serve and the way they treat us is the norm, but it shouldn’t be,” reads the group’s description. “We can work together and end this now.”
Just some of the demands on the group’s list include lower costs for meals, high quality ingredients, safe and healthful food free of mold and other unsanitary things, and better accommodations for students with specific dietary needs.
In addition to petitioning to Chartwells, the food service company in question, students are also asking the school to change policies that currently allow cafeteria workers to throw away a meal if a student is unable to afford it.
“A lot of the students were really caught off-guard, really frustrated, and going home hungry,” said student Christy Rosario in regards to the overcharging of meals. “The company loses money and the student doesn’t get any food, so no one wins.”
Superintendent Kathleen Greider says that it is “unacceptable” for a student to go without a proper meal just because they can’t pay.
“No child should ever, ever go without a meal,” said Greider.
While the school seems to be looking into the complaints lodged at them, Chartwells says that they “stand behind” their food despite claims that many of it is moldy and unsanitary.
“We stand by our food quality and have maintained a strong record with the health department,” said Tom O’Donnell, regional director of Chartwells. “We are aware of the complaints shared on social media and are working to verify them, and will respond with appropriate action if they are deemed credible.”
As of this week, the students are continuing their boycott and protest.