Why Students Do Not Eat School Lunches

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The Chicago Public School system (CPS) is like a second home for many students. Many of the students who attend these schools are usually from low income and middle class families. Unfortunately sometimes the meals that these kids receive at school are the only meals they get during the day. During the 2011-2012 school year the Chicago Public School system fed over 400,000 students more than 900,000 meals. These students have the option to receive breakfast and/or lunch during the school day. According to the CPS website, over eighty-percent of families are categorized as being low income. When families are low income, they can apply for free or reduced priced lunches. The regular price of breakfast and lunch is $2.50 per school day, which …show more content…
He also states that "small proportions of students report that the most important reason (they do not eat the food) is because they are not hungry, they thought the meal was too expensive, they did not realize they could eat a school lunch, or they had other reasons" (217S). The school lunch meal was considered expensive according to a student. But, what if these student 's don 't want to eat school lunches and they don 't want snacks from the vending machine? Well, some schools give the option for their students to have off-campus lunch. Off-campus lunch allows students to go eat at restaurants, fast food places, or even at home. It gives the students the choice to eat whatever they want and wherever they want. However, eating out is not cheap. Let 's say that a student went to McDonalds for lunch that day. If he/she were to eat a meal there, it would cost at least five dollars depending on what they chose. Also, the calorie intake of the meal he/she chooses is probably over 600! Therefore, off- campus lunch should not be allowed for students. It is not only expensive but also unhealthy for the student. Oily, greasy food makes the body slow down because it 's trying to digest the food, so when the student eats all that fried food, the body will run out of energy instead of producing energy. The student will feel tired, sluggish, and lazy after …show more content…
These food options are rarely made with fresh ingredients. In high school, the food varieties would consist of spicy chicken patties or cheese and pepperoni pizzas. There is milk given daily but the fruit choices are not consistent. Some days, there will be apples, pears, bananas, and peaches. Other days, there will be raisins, applesauce, and mixed fruit cups. If a student was to grab everything that was offered, they would have a tray filled with one chicken patty sandwich, one carton of milk, one serving of fruit, and possibly a serving of vegetables. Now let 's say that the student didn 't have free or reduced lunch. That student would have to pay $2.50 for his tray of lunch. The price is not worth it. That tray of lunch would not fill the stomach of a student that has been learning all day. The lunches served today have been improved based on the previous lunches

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