Our School Lunch is Gross and Unhealthy

Veranica Schneider, Author

Did you know that 64% of the calories in lunch provided by the school come from ultra-processed foods? Well now you know. School lunch should be good tasting, nutritious, fresh and most importantly healthy.

The protein part of our school lunch is scrap meat mixed with bits of cartilage and connective tissue, and then chemically treated to kill bacteria and make it edible. That is then processed and made into the soggy school burger, nuggets, and hotdogs we eat at lunch.

Speaking of school burgers, nuggets, and hotdogs, they all contain high sodium. Too much sodium makes you dehydrated, your stomach will hurt and can make you feel nauseous. Also a  high sodium intake raises your blood pressure and increases the risk of heart disease and stroke.

An unhealthy, salty, fatty lunch can impair memory, or make you not remember things well. Which will not help you get through the rest of your school day. Rather than a nutritious, healthy, fresh meal that will not only provide your body with energy it needs, but feeds your mental health too.

You can help our school, OTIS, change the school lunches. There are very simple ways. The first way is to make posters and put them around the school. Another way is to start or join a gardening club, plant fresh vegetables which will be harvested and cooked for lunch.