Is There More to Lunch than Fries?


Luca Vicino and Cara Corridan

Times are changing and so is the food people are putting in their systems. Slowly but surely, a better sense of nutrition has become a big factor in people’s diets, and has even made its way into the school systems, but this really broke through in the year of 2010. During this year, Michelle Obama, the first-lady at the time, required schools to serve fruits and vegetables, along with whole grain-rich foods and an assortment of milks. This was a great change made in the school systems and provided healthy food options for children who might not even had food options at all. Luckily, it made its way into Monsignor McClancy, and changed our lunches to the way we know it now. 

Our school serves an array of different foods besides just chicken and fries, as hard as it may be to believe, but we are very inclusive in our food choices. If you were to take a look around, you would find out that our school cafeteria offers fruit cups which include fruits such as grapes, pineapple, strawberries, and peaches, and you can even buy a small bottle of milk if you wanted. There are also cold cut sandwiches, such as ham and cheese, boxed veggie salads, yogurts, and as mentioned before, fruit cups. Although we have all these healthy choices around us, some believe we should be able to leave the building for lunch. With fast food chains just three blocks down like Wendy’s, Dunkin Donuts, and Burger King, we would only have the option to eat more unhealthy foods. But since we are limited to school lunches, we should really consider our other meal alternatives which cover all five bases of a well balanced meal: carbohydrates, protein, unsaturated fats, vitamins, and minerals. All in all, if we, as students, were willing to put out the extra cash, you would find that our school, Monsignor McClancy, serves well balanced and healthy meals for us to choose from.