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Student voices: School lunches are seriously lacking

School lunches are the source of a lot of complaints at school this year.

The new school lunch guidelines were put into effect this year and a lot of students are not happy about it. I didn't really mind until I found out everyone's favorite school lunch, fettucini Alfredo, was not on the menu anymore. The lunches are a little smaller, they feature different items and everything has gone healthy with whole grain and a variety of vegetables and fruits.

When I got to see my relatives a few weeks ago the first things my elementary-aged cousins asked me was, "Are your school lunches at your school smaller too?" I thought it was just our school but I soon found out it is schools around the country complaining about these new guidelines.

Some schools have boycotted their cafeteria in hopes of change in the lunches, while some schools have even gone viral and made videos about how hungry they are because of the smaller portions.

I believe that school lunches should be healthy, but we are growing kids. Studies say active teens need 2,000 to 5,000 calories a day. These lunches we are receiving are around 800 calories. With many kids skipping breakfast these days 2,000 calories would barely be met. With me participating in sports, by the time the day is done I am starving and if I didn't bring multiple snacks for after school I would not perform well at all.

Now that fall sports are done it will be a little different too. I know I am not the only one, but if I don't get a lot to eat during school I go home starving and end up eating a boat load of junk food. So, making smaller portions at lunch defeats its purpose because kids will go home and eat unhealthy food because they are not getting enough to eat during the day at school.

Who knows whether school lunches will continue to be this way or if something else will be passed to help us students out, but for now I will be packing a snack every day.

Kassie Klasen is a student at Rosemount High School. Her column appears every other week.