School Lunch Picture Goes Viral
Jake Judd | Sep 20, 2019 AT 3:37 pm
(KNSI) - Some changes to the menu in the St. Cloud School District has students and some parents upset.
Last Friday, Apollo High School student Maryn Holler posted a picture of her lunch. It consisted of baby carrots, a cup of marinara sauce, and a hot dog bun with melted cheese.
Holler posted, "I paid for this to eat at lunch today. I thank God every day that my family has the money where I get to go home and eat actual food. There are kids at this school who this is ALL THEY GET TO EAT, and we were given a hot dog bun with cheese. It's honestly sad to know that we go to school and pay around 3 dollars for something that costs .50 cents to make."
She later updated the post saying she had a meeting with the school's principal and was told she would get to have a meeting with the district's nutritionist. She went on to say this is the start of something that could forever change the school district.
The post has been shared more than 1,000 times and received almost 1,000 comments.
Holler hasn't updated her Facebook page to say if she's had that meeting with the nutritionist.
Comments on Holler's viral photo suggest that students also had a fruit option and that the "Italian Dunkers" were the main menu option. Students could've also had a hamburger or pizza.
The district later apologized on Facebook saying, "Oops! We goofed, tried a new menu item today at lunch and we hear it was not a winner! Going forward, we will gather input from our students on new menu options. Thanks for the feedback!"
Some parents on Facebook called the apology insincere.
The district responded to KNSI with a statement:
St Cloud Area School District 742 has expanded the number of meal choices at all schools within the past year. All elementary schools offer at least two options daily; middle schools serve at least three options daily, and high schools receive at least four options daily (except at McKinley Alternative Learning Center which has a single catered lunch).
All breakfast and lunch meals served in the district exceed the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act regulations and meet the standards set by the Alliance for a Healthier Generation. In addition to multiple entree options, the district provides six to eight varieties of fruits and vegetables daily.
Three varieties of milk are also offered daily, including 1%, skim and chocolate- skim as well as Lactaid or soymilk for students with allergies.
Tech High School began working with a student food advisory committee during the fall 2018-2019 school year to receive student input and upgrade the quality of several of our food items, including chicken and beef products. This year, Apollo High School will also have a student food advisory committee.
Meanwhile; a gofundme page has been set up by a third party to help pay off District 742's school lunch debt. The page says the district ended up $28,000 in the hole at the end of the 2018-2019 school year.
If you would like to help, click here to donate.