After posting a picture of his son’s disgusting school meal, an upstate dad went viral.
An upstate New York school lunch has caused a stir after a father posted a picture of his son’s meager cafeteria food.
If your kids go to Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, Chris Vangellow took a picture of the meal and posted it on Facebook. It looked disgusting, and it had four small chicken nuggets, some unappetizing carrots, and some white rice.
“I think the school lunches at Parishville might be a little short on things.” It doesn’t matter how tall Ash is. The team wouldn’t be able to get enough energy from something like this on a game day.
He said that one of his other kids didn’t have any “dry tasteless carrots” because none were available when he arrived later.
He said his kids have been complaining about how small the lunches have become because they are now free for everyone.
“I got this picture today.” It’s really a waste of time. Neither the “you get what you pay for” or “just send them some food” crap will work.
Then Vangellow said, “Yeah, we can do that. Sometimes the kids bring something from home or buy extra lunches so they have more to eat to get through the day.”
Problem: “Not every family has the money or time to make this happen.” We live in a poor area. This is what they have to live on, he said.
In response to the post, a lot of people have been critical.
“Shameful! One person said: “You need to go to the school board and show them this picture and file a complaint!”
“That’s crazy, you can make a lot of cheap meals that kids love. Get back to the basics and stop taking the easy way out.” Another person said: “That looks bad.”
Well, I’ve worked in food service for at least nine years. Chicken that was served was not fresh at all. Yikes.”
This is what Vangellow said to Fox News. His son, 16, has been sending him pictures of the slim options for a few months now.
In the news report, Vangellow said, “He began to say that lunch was not enough.” The same picture came from one of my other kids, so I knew they were going to play a game. There are kids playing basketball, so I thought, “If there are kids playing basketball, this is not enough.”
A public message from schools Superintendent William Collins was posted on the district’s website after people were upset.
It happened this week that a concerned parent’s Facebook post about Parishville-Hopkinton school lunches spread all over the world. In his post, he said that the concerns raised by students and parents clearly resonated with them because of the number of comments and shares.
“In fairness to the cafeteria, students are allowed one more serving of fruits or vegetables and one more nugget than in the picture,” Collins said. “However, this doesn’t change the message that many students and parents are not happy with school lunches.”
: “The cafeteria manager and I are setting up a group to talk about how people don’t like their school lunches. Besides the cafeteria manager and me, this group will also have four students and four parents who are concerned, along with someone from the Wellness Committee.
That’s what Collins said: “This group will look into ways to make school lunches more appealing, while still meeting strict USDA rules for the National School Lunch Program.”
People in charge of the schools say that they get their meals by contracting with boards that work together to provide food for the schools.
There are limits on how different school lunches can be from one school to the next, Collins told Fox News.
There are many students and parents who would like to see the lunch line at their school change. Some of the lunches shown in the photos aren’t complete enough to show all of the choices students have when they go through the line.
It was Vangellow’s son who signed up for Collins’ group, “Reimagining School Lunches.” Vangellow told the network that he and his son have agreed to join.