Parents, students demand improved school lunches

Parents, students demand improved school lunches

MEMPHIS, TN (WMC) - Parents of students attending Shelby County Schools are demanding healthy lunches for their children.

Parents and students took to the podium to demand change during Tuesday's Shelby County Board of Education meeting.

"We're creating an environment where the kids are fed food like they're inmates at 201 Poplar," parent Jenice Hill said.

"I really want you guys to change the school lunches," a student pleaded.

Hill and other parents demanding the following changes:

  • Allow staff to cook meals in the schools, instead of warming up prepackaged meals.
  • Improve working conditions for cafeteria workers.
  • Allocate money efficiently for food following negotiations with USDA and SCS.
  • Choose new food vendors (hold a bid for the contract that focuses on quality of the food over the cost).

"Most of us know that most children only choose what they're familiar with. So we need our parents and our staff members to help educate, and we will do that as well, to let our children know what they should pick," said SCS nutrition supervisor Nataska Partee.

Parents still said there's more that can be done to improve school lunches.

Shelby County Schools released the following statement about school lunches:

"Nutrition and health is very important to us at Shelby County Schools and we are proud to provide breakfast, lunch and supper to our students at no cost.  We carefully choose menu items for each meal by following USDA guidelines.  We encourage all of our families to download the SCS Nutrition Services app to access menus, view allergen information, and to give the District with feedback."

The SCS Nutrition Services app can be found here.

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