Chicago public school students protest their … FREE cafeteria food

Students at Chicago’s Roosevelt High School are “fed up,” to quote NPR’s Scott Simon, with their free — yes,free — cafeteria food.

“They say the pizza is often burnt, the fruit cups are frozen and options are narrow and unhealthy,” Simon reports.

And the students aren’t going to take it. They’re boycotting the gratis grub until they get “fresher food, healthier food, a larger portion, food that [they] can actually eat,” student May Oo says.

The Daily Times reports:

“We want our school to be better,” Jacquez Conwell, a junior at Roosevelt High School participating in the student protest of the “crap” meals, told HuffPost. “It’s not fair for us kids, us teenagers, to go through the day where we’re not satisfied. And if we’re not satisfied, we’re not learning anything and we’re not focused.”

Conwell is one of many Roosevelt students participating in a campaign that’s been titled The School Lunch Project.

Late last month, students debuted their website featuring photos of unappetising food they’ve been served at school, including images of still-frozen fruit cups, spoiled produce and questionable meat.

The students also included a list of their proposals for change, including the option to have off-campus lunch, the addition of vending machines in the school and asking for more options beyond milk or water to drink. Students would also like more diverse entrees beyond the heavily processed foods typically available and they claim pizza, a fried chicken patty or a hamburger are their only options most days.

“Lunch time is the time where you eat and enjoy your free time,” the students’ website reads. “It’s supposed to be the place where students get the best healthy lunches like salads, sandwiches, fresh fruits, etc. Instead they give some gross, unhealthy food.”

Every student gets a free lunch (if they want) in Chicago schools so that, as NPR notes in its report on the boycott, there is no stigma for low-income students.

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Just exactly why are you using a white child as your poster child?

That maybe the only white child left in Chitcago.


@Ray Hause,

I believe that image is from the movie, "Willy Wonker and the Chocolate Factory".

Yeah, a beautiful white female child dressed appropriately for school - doesn't make sense. The reality is black, short short short skirt, high heels, too much make up and a lot of cleavage and a phone in their hands, no back pack.

Gee, I wonder how I made it through school having to carry a bagged lunch my mother (or I) prepared and took to school, kept it in my locker until time lunch time and it "satisfied" me so I could study and get good grades!  Now, having learned this, I'm pissed off, and I demand retribution and compensation for all the meals I didn't get free.

And also because this website didn't provide me an address to whom I can complain and submit my demand for the money!

Life just isn't fair, and to think I gave 36+ years in the Army to get a small pension (compared to Congress which gets one after only one 2 year term) 

I better cut this off as the more I think about it, the more pissed off I get and I'm liable to go to my room and throw a hissie fit!!!

Col Joseph

Good points. Today's kids are misfits with misfit parents and misfits for gov. And this is only the beginning.

Later though these whiners will be the first to get fried by the gov pan. Right now they are pawns to move the agenda forward.


I think the term is "Useful Idiots"

Col Joseph

Yep temporary useful idiots.

I agree I'm retired Navy USNR an I'm getting 1% raise there at the same time I'm loosing $5 in my Social Security.

Yes I'm ticked off too. I should be compensated because my great, great, great, great, great, great grandfather had to work as a child before there were child labor laws.

Now you children know this is the new Mooochele Oblame prescribed diet for pubic schools. Eat up. Enjoy. Any left overs will be sent to Oblame's playmates....ISIS.




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