Lunch Strike Hits Day 3 at Parsippany Hills High

Schools chief says he plans to talk with state and federal school lunch representatives about the controversial healthy lunch program that leaves some students hungry.

The cafeteria boycott continues at Parsippany Hills High School.

The student-organized move to deny business to the cafeteria in protest of the new government-mandated school lunch program began Friday and entered its third day Tuesday.

Students at schools throughout the nation have said the program instituted through the Healthy Hunger-Free Kids Act is having the opposite of its intended effect. Under the plan, protein and bread portions are reduced by a third and fruit and vegetable portions are given greater emphasis. But because fruits and vegetables are more expensive, lunch prices have risen. And many teens say they are left feeling hungry.

Organizer Brandon Faris, a senior, told the Daily Record that the strike will go on through at least Wednesday, but there is no word on what will happen beyond that point.

Superintendent of Schools LeRoy , confirmed that the strike is ongoing, adding that the district's other 13 schools have not joined the boycott. 

According to Seitz, the impact has been "minimal" on PHHS cafeteria operations

"I have arranged for representatives from the state and federal school lunch programs along with [Donna Devany of Pomptonian Food Service], our food service manager to meet with my student advisory council later this month in an effort to expand the dialogue on the new regulations," Seitz told Patch.

So far, the school district, including PHHS interim Principal Lewis Ludwig have supported the students in their action.

Lisa Fuller October 02, 2012 at 09:27 PM
Don't be calling people dumb! People have a right to their opinion. Stop with the god bullshit
Lisa Fuller October 02, 2012 at 09:29 PM
I agree with you Clyde. Obama needs to go!!!! He's done nothin good since he's been president. He's made things worse.
Michael Brancato October 02, 2012 at 10:49 PM
While I think it's great that we encourage our children to think for themselves and work within the system to change it, I find it interesting that nobody here has addressed their main point: the kids say that the lunches leave them hungry. Now, the new lunches are designed to have less bread, meat, and fat than before, and more vegetables and fruit, which is mentioned in the article. What's not mentioned is whether or not students are actually eating all of their lunch, or just eating the bread and meat and throwing away the fruits and vegetables. The guidelines call for a daily average of no more than 850 calories in a lunch, which should be more than enough to feed the average high school student. To put that in perspective, a Bic Mac with fries is 920 calories. I find it difficult to believe that if the average high school student was eating that for lunch, they would no feel full afterwards. So if they're still hungry after lunch, I have to wonder if they're eating all of it.
PeoplesChamp October 03, 2012 at 01:18 PM
you need to watch billy madison to understand the humor
Janet Ebel October 03, 2012 at 08:49 PM
You are the one who has once again missed the main point of the protest: smaller portions for higher prices. Simple economics. It has nothing to do with healthier portions, it has to do with the wallet - smaller portions should cost less than last year, not more.


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