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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 , 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 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.

What do you think about the school lunch changes this year? Tell us in the comments below.

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Roger September 12, 2012 at 10:53 AM
With all the major issues associated with our public education system, how does this topic even find a place on the radar screen? This is a fine example of "majoring in the minors." There was a time, not so long ago, when all students brought their lunch from home. No school officials, no USDA guidelines, no worries about staffing. Decisions regarding lunch were made at home.
Jay Bahr September 12, 2012 at 12:52 PM
Another example of how micro managing from Washington DC has caused more headaches where there were none before. My kids and their friends are having a blast with this. They can openly buck the system, be an annoyance and not get in trouble. I encourage them to keep up the campaign. The fact that our school board members are getting involved is giving me great pleasure!!
Becky September 12, 2012 at 03:15 PM
I think there are more important issues that should be stirring the hearts of our children (or their parents for that matter), other than what's on their lunch plate. While I am not for 'big governement', why would we not support efforts to provided balanced and healthy food for our kids. Let's not forget; they are free to pack a lunch any day of the week.
Glenn Robinson September 12, 2012 at 03:26 PM
There is a way to start reigning in heavy handed federal government regulations like this. Simply do NOT vote for either Romney or Obama. Vote for the third option.
Becky Brindle September 12, 2012 at 05:29 PM
No personal attacks in comments please. Just had to delete a comment because it went against the Patch Terms of Use.
Cindy Dixon Clary September 12, 2012 at 06:05 PM
They have almost eliminated the vegetarian options in the elementary schools. Even on pizza days, they have cheese OR pepperoni pizza, not a choice of either. My son is vegetarian and now he has to pack almost every day. We are not pleased by the changes, but are trying to stay positive.
Disappointed Dad September 12, 2012 at 06:47 PM
Why not look at the size of some of these kids? You think parenting is doing such a great job? This country is OBESE and it starts with the children. I APPLAUD Washington for doing the RIGHT thing Mr. and Mrs. REPUBLICAN. Don't forget this comes through the state of PA and the REPUBLICAN Governor who has cut educational funds! GET A LIFE in the real world.
Jason Bahr September 13, 2012 at 05:43 PM
Following your logic, no one was obese until school lunch programs were instituted in the first place. Maybe Gov’t trying to replace the parent is how we got into this mess?? Bloomberg (NYC) just banned junk food and soda in NYC. What do you think? In 6 months Macy’s wont have to sell size 38+ men’s pants anymore?

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