Here in Montevideo there have been a lot of grumblings from parents and students about the new school lunches.
Here in Montevideo there have been a lot of grumblings from parents and students about the new school lunches. The overall attitude seems to be that, while it is a positive change to have healthier lunches, the calorie limit and lack of variety is creating some problems, especially for athletes.
"I feel like there isn't enough protein for some athletes, but having more fruits and vegetables I feel is better than carbohydrates. I feel like some athletes don't get enough to eat as well," said Mason Kwilinski, a junior at Montevideo High School, who plays football, wrestles and runs track, whose opinion seems to echo that of many fellow athletes.
Meanwhile, Danae Milbrandt, a sophomore who is not a school athlete, commented that, "I'm glad school lunches are healthier, but I don't think we have many choices."
Bruce Bergeson, principal at Montevideo High School, doesn't think that there is as much to worry about as some are claiming.
"Parents get one message, that there isn't enough to eat. Kids are getting enough to eat, but it's the foods they can get all they want, that they don't want to eat," Bergeson said.
A food service staff person at the high school did mention that while students can take more fruit and vegetables, there has to be a limit, as supplies aren't endless.
"If all of us, as human beings, would eat the right kinds of food, our body would get used to eating that kind of food. There's plenty, but our body is not used to the right kind of food, it's used to this processed food," Bergeson went on to say. "If we'd give it a fair chance ... I think that feel of not getting enough to eat would subside."
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