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School Lunch: Quantity or Quality?

posted Mar 22, 2019, 8:34 AM by Andrew Tichy   [ updated Mar 22, 2019, 8:35 AM ]

By: Ian Creech

Over the years, a general consensus for school lunches has been “Ew.” However, despite a near unifying response that school lunches are terrible, a surprising majority of students end up eating school lunch. An acclaimed mathematician has deduced that an approximate 75% of students at Moorhead High eat school lunch daily. The question then becomes that if so many students eat school lunch, there must be a common consensus among students. There certainly was, and despite the amount bemoaning about school lunches, students had a surprising amount of favorites.

The lunches that were declared to be the best all had one common theme, and that is the amount of food you get with them. Consistently mentioned among students as their favorites were cheesy french bread, meatball subs, taco in a bag, meatballs in gravy, and spicy chicken patties. Aside from the latter, all of these lunches have an above average amount of food compared to the others. Because of this, it is not unreasonable to assume that students do not like these foods for their taste, but rather their quantity. This is especially underlined when we look at the opposite end of the spectrum.

Among the worst, corn dogs, sloppy joes, and turkey & gravy, and hot dogs. All of these food items have substantially less food than the others. It is because of this that people dislike these foods, rather than the taste. Isaiah Swenson, a sophomore at MHS was quoted saying “Sloppy Joes are all right, but you just don’t get enough stuff to go with it.” This holds true, since you don’t get any food alongside sloppy joes besides the usual fruits and vegetables, while other foods in the favorite category, such as meatballs with gravy, give you mashed potatoes and bread to go with the meatballs and gravy.

The point that these results illustrate is clear. The main reason students like or dislike lunches has to do with the amount of food that we are served. For example, the school only serves students five chicken nuggets. McDonald’s kid meals, which are aimed towards eight and under, give you six chicken nuggets. The fact that high schoolers are getting fed less chicken nuggets than a McDonalds Happy Meal says a lot about serving sizes at Moorhead High School. The correlation between the amount of food and satisfactory from a meal states a clear course of action.