HASKELL, Okla. – A chicken patty, small scoop of mashed potatoes and carton of milk aren’t enough to sustain a high school boy.
Haskell High School senior Darrel Bunch took a photo of one of his recent skimpy school lunches and sent it to Fox 23.
“It’s mostly the portions,” Bunch says. “Last year we started getting less food.”
“Last year, my boys started calling me, ‘Can you please bring me something to eat?’ ‘We’re still hungry,’ or, ‘This is gross,” the student’s mother, Cheryl Bunch tells the news station.
Another photo taken by a different student showed a single cheese-filled bread stick with marinara sauce.
The school refused to allow the news station to show that day’s lunch servings. They wouldn’t even speak on camera.
Haskell superintendent Sharon Herrington defended the lunches off-camera, saying students are offered five items and they are required to take three. That means the chicken patty, glob of potatoes and milk would qualify as a complete lunch under the federal rules.
Students contend the salad bar offerings are skimpy and not “fresh.”
The school wouldn’t allow that to be photographed, either.
Because the USDA rules require whole grains to be served, the school has banned white bread.
Biscuits and gravy were a popular item with students, but the gravy was deemed to not be healthy enough. They’re gone, too.
“I’m sure there are parents here in Haskell who could give their input on how to make these meals better, if the school would be open to working with them,” Cheryl Bunch tells the news station.
Another Oklahoma student recently posted a photo of her paltry school lunch on social media.
Lunch meat, a couple of crackers, a slice of cheese and two pieces of cauliflower were what Chickasha Public Schools served as lunch a couple weeks ago.
“It makes me want to take that and take it to the superintendent and tell him to eat it for lunch,” the girl tells Fox 25.
“I can go pay a dollar for a Lunchable and get more food in it,” her father says.