School lunch prompts big topic of discussion


Chloe Purvis

Sophomore Ian Brite eats school lunch, while freshman Katherine Elliot enjoys a home made lunch in the school’s cafeteria on Dec. 9, 2022.

School lunches have always been a topic of debate among students due to reports of stomach aches and loss of appetite.

Many students have voiced their opinion about school lunches, whether it be in response to the unappetizing food or the loss of energy that comes from eating school lunches.

“Some school lunches can be gross or inedible; however, there are usually safe options like PB&J and salads,” said freshman lacrosse player Dillon Libasci.

Students who play sports have also expressed concern about the small food portions since it affects their performance. With many students playing sports, this leaves room for concern.

According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s 1991-2019 High School Youth Risk Behavior Survey Data, around 57% of all high school students played on at least one community or school sports team in the past year. 

“When I eat lunch, it definitely affects my ability to play football. If I don’t get enough food, I am sluggish or tired during football practice,” said varsity football player Thomas Dillard, a sophomore.

Even though healthier foods like fruits and vegetables are given out to students, they are usually thrown away. 

“Some kids don’t like the fruit served. Maybe add different fruit choices for students so more students will eat healthier,” said sophomore Johnny Foster.

Adding healthier lunch options may convince more students to eat school lunches.

“I feel better playing lacrosse after eating a homemade lunch rather than a school lunch because school lunches hurt my stomach sometimes,” said Dillon.