Students sample new healthy lunch items at CKM event
Fajitas and fresh fruit pass taste-test and new federal standards

e-Connections Post C.K. McClatchy

Editor’s note: The following article was written by McClatchy student Lily Rushing for CKM’s newspaper The Prospector, which celebrates its 75th anniversary this month.

On September 20, C.K. McClatchy High School students and some local leaders in education got their first taste of SCUSD’s new healthy school lunch menus.

And boy did it taste good.

“I have been bringing my own lunch for many years,” said freshman Zelia Gonzales. “But this would make me turn (change my mind).This is a really good fajita.”

Other students seemed to enjoy the spread also. The food available consisted of warm chicken fajitas, a salad bar, Cheerios and granola bars. Plus fresh fruit! Not out of a bag!

But the best part about the new healthy lunches and breakfasts was the fact that the menu was made by kids, for kids. It’s all part of Superintendent Jonathan Raymond and SCUSD’s Healthy Foods Task Force plan to include students in decisions about cafeteria food. With the aid of the Farm to School and Let’s Move Salad Bars to Schools movement, the district wants to get students eating healthy.

“What we’re doing here today is about healthy foods, healthy kids and learning,” said Board of Education Trustee Patrick Kennedy.

CKM Principal Peter Lambert added, “I think that if students make healthy food choices, it will give them more energy, give them the ability to be more productive in class and to learn better, and also be involved in more sports and activities.”

Recently the healthy food movement has been given a lot more limelight, not only because of the new school menus, but also because our First Lady Michelle Obama has made tackling childhood obesity and having a healthier America one of her top priorities. In 2010, there were 12.5 million obese children in the US and 215,000 people under the age of 20 were diagnosed with Type 2 diabetes.

At the end of 2010, Congress released new healthy food lunch standards, and more money for lunch programs, resulting in yummy fajitas and healthier kids.  “Eating healthy food just gets the day going,” said Jacob Adams, CKM junior. “When you eat more fruits and vegetables, you just feel better.”

I did feel good! It felt good to have something being done for the students. For us.