Hey, What’s For Lunch?

Central Hardin students gathering for lunch during first half of PowerHour on Oct. 24.
Central Hardin students gathering for lunch during first half of PowerHour on Oct. 24.
Syra Lundergan

The 12:03 p.m. bell rings. Aromas of Bosco sticks and chicken sandwiches begin to infiltrate the hallways. While the crowds are easily comparable to Walmart shoppers on Black Friday, in reality it is just the brink of lunch time at CHHS.

Many students have inevitably accepted a turkey sandwich or caesar salad as their day-to-day cuisine, but others are begging for a change: a lunchroom revolution, if you will.

“Breakfast for lunch, like middle school.”

— Senior Elisha Poddam suggested

“I would have to get approval to be able to change the menu for a day, but I’m sure it would be okay. We would love opinions on different foods if we can get it in,” cafeteria manager Lisa Ellis said. 

According to student and staff input, the orange chicken and pizza options quickly rose to be a fan favorite of the present menu, yet many new meal suggestions were brought to the table.

“Salad, but not as a separate meal, like a normal side salad.”

— Junior Tristan Lowe suggested

“Long, long ago when I was a student at CHHS, we had an amazing soup and salad bar as an option each day,” math teacher April York said. “That would be so nice to have back, but I am not sure there would be enough interest to balance the prep work it would take daily.”

As far as dessert goes, cookies took a clear podium finish for the favorite Friday treat. Don’t let it go unrecognized that they are a much appreciated delicacy; however, brownies, cheesecake, pie, and popsicles were also common desires in the case that an addition to the menu would be plausible.

“Baked potatoes.”

— Freshman Zoey Fogle suggested

Additionally, a few of those surveyed advocated for gluten free, dairy free, and vegan options to accommodate students with dietary restrictions. Perhaps an organic lunch line could be a possibility in the foreseeable future?

All in all, school lunch is critical to student health and well-being. CHHS strives to cater to the student’s nutritional needs and provide at least one square meal a day. 

As American model L’Wren Scott said, “I believe in stopping work and eating lunch.”

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