Talks of High School Cafeteria Boycott Simmer Down
A 'Twitter protest' ensued after Upper St. Clair school lunch changes.
Talks of a lunch boycott have simmered down at Upper St. Clair High School, according to the Upper St. Clair School Board's student representative Megan Adamo.
School director Buffy Hasko asked Adamo Monday night for an update after becoming aware of what she called a "Twitter protest."
Students were upset about changes to the food options in the nutrition center.
Favorites—such as Mm! Mm! Pizza, cheese crunchers and Greek chicken wraps—are no longer offered as part of the standard school lunch, but strictly as a la Carte items.
Russ Phillips, the nutrition center's director, explained the need for the changes in a letter to parents:
A school lunch in Upper St. Clair School District is no longer determined by the amount of protein, vitamins A and C, and calcium offered to students. The new USDA guidelines require us to determine a meal by the amount of meat/meat alternate (eggs, beans, cheese), whole grains, fruit, vegetable, and milk the students are offered. There are also new guidelines that limit, for the first time, the amount of grains, meat/meat alternate, sodium, and calories that we are permitted to offer as part of a student lunch.
"Everyone realizes it's not anyone's fault ... we're realizing there's nothing we can do about it," said Adamo on behalf of the student body.
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