Just curious. Do you know many others, what do you do for lunch, any clubs at your school....Yatta, yatta. (I'm an "essentially vegan"- slippage sometimes with small things) high school freshmen. ~tori
I'm a freshman too, and I was just thinking about talking to our administration about the food in our school.
I know quite a few vegetarians (or varying strictness), and although we don't have a specific vegetarian group, we do tend to congregate in certain clubs and social circles. For instance, I help with a Students for Peace group (I never used the w*r word, don't yell at me) that just happens to be almost entirely vegetarian. Our cafateria sucks though, so most of us avoid eating there. Some bring their lunches, some go off campus for food (myself included), and a few exist off of french fries, chips and sodas.
I know there isn't much chance of getting the food in our cafateria changed, simply because the menu is regulated and paid for by the district. And the ever-present budget crisis makes it unlikely they'll be willing to find money to *gasp* please (and feed) their students any time soon. Oh well.
Not in high school anymore, but I do remember high school food. This is cynical, but.. Before you go to a lot of trouble to get veg options on the school menu, think to yourself: Do you really want to eat cafeteria food? I say a homemade PB and J is better than that slop anyday. You can always buy a little juice box and some fruit or veggies to go with at school.
Charity- Yeah, cafeteria food isn't the best, but I know ours isn't terrible. And most students don't eat from the regular cafeteria line anyways... most secondary schools (and almost all highschools) that I know of offer "hot food lines" where we can buy fries, rolls, packaged items like chips, ice cream and popsicles, and pizza from places like Mr. Gatti's. It doesn't seem worth it to spend my time trying to get it changed.
Sprout- when I said freshman I meant 9th grade. And besides, I was lying. I'm techincally a 10th grader by credits. But for all usefull purposes, this is my first year of highschool and I'm the age of a 9th grader. You're lucky you have subway in your school. Our cafeteria is a junk food palace.
I am not in high school anymore (thank goodness) but I also remember the nastiness. When I was a freshmen I threw away my chicken sandwich and have not ate meat since. They would sell pizza and hide the pepperoni under the cheese.. Yuck! They never had any organization and I was the only Veg I knew. Right now I am in collage and they have great veg food on Thursday and Friday that the culinary arts students made for really cheap. Now I know 2 more Vegs also.
I'm vegan and I'm in high school! Our cafeteria is absolutely horrible as far as vegetarian meals are concerned, and I think there are only 3 vegetarians (including me) in our school....there are only 200 students in my high school, so thats probably not such an abnormal ratio.
For lunch I tend to just carry some fruit and a hummus pita or sandwich, sometimes granola bars too. I find it difficult to find anything but pretzels and fruit cocktail to eat in the hot lunch line, so I just say forget it!
MsRuthieB...I looked at the "BBQ meatballs" first...that was the most disturbing picture. They were like...white. UUuhhhhhhh I'm glad I make all my own food. I also liked how it's called a "toasted cheese sandwich"...no more grilled for those kids!
I'm a sophomore in high school. (10th grade) I am an ovo-lacto vegetarian, but usually there isnt anything for me even then! only on pizza day, which is friday, and monday when they have mozzarella sticks. But I usually bring a peanut butter sandwich anyway, because not only does it taste better, it's healthier and cheaper.
And I'm really surprised they haven't changed the menu, because I know a ton of vegetarians and some vegans, too.
I'm grade 10 high school, only one of my friends is vegitarian, and there are no vegans that I know of. The whole cafateria not having any food for me has become a blessing. I waste less money (wow is packing a lunch way cheaper), I eat food that is better for me, and many of my friends have become curious and tried some of my "crazy"vegan food (hummas, tofu, ect.) Nearly everyone at school is extremely respectful and surportive (even if they think I'm being crazy) , I guess I am very lucky in that department
I'm a sophmore in high school, and I'm the only vegetarian/vegan that I know....seriously, like EVERYBODY thinks that the way I eat is unhealthy because I lost weight when I started. Unless I wanted to eat nothing but Snickers or Skittles, I'd be eating nothing in the cafeteria...which I don't, so yeah, I bring food!
I looked at two of those pictures, Ruthie, before I about barfed. I decided it wasn't worth it to subject myself to more. There are definitely some dietary benefits of being homeschooled! (Not that I am anymore, but when I was, it was a plus.)
I live in old "hippie" Portland, but no, my high school has no veg*an clubs. I know of 2 vegans at Cleveland (counting me), and at least 2 other vegetarians. All of those are vocal veg*ns though!
I always bring my lunch- thered be NOTHING for me to eat cafeteria style. Mine does the junk food stuff too, you can buy pizza or plain rice, etc etc. I eat tofu pate sandwhiches, P B & J, humus, tofurky- actually quite yummy...or falafel sandwhich leftovers. Mmmm.
some people think I'm a freak, others say cool, and others say "How can you drink that soy milk?!" Well, its pretty easy. I just take a sip n swallow... :\\ heh. heh. i've been thinking of taping one of those "Why MIlk" things off of adbusters.org to the milk dispenser in my cafeteria...hmmm....
That lunch site is so NASTY!! They could have tried a bit better. :x BTW< you realize how many of those had "and cheese" in the title? wierd. Cafeteria food is pretty darn bad. I've even heard the USDA buys the worst aka CHEAPEST stuff to feed the kids. It's awful. Idea: Feeling unenthusiastic about a tofurky sandwhich? Checkout even one picture. Guarenteed appetite for your own chow. Those pooooor kids.
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