In this article, I formally apologize to anyone that was offended by my article from last night. Also, we touch deeper on the rotten applesauce incident by speaking with a lunch lady from Heights Terrace.
Kathy Roskos, is a lunch lady at Heights Terrace Elementary/Middle School and also a dear friend of mine. She has fifteen years of experience in the cafeteria. Last night I asked her why the students aren't satisfied with the quality of what they're being served. She had the following to say.
All guidelines are made by the Federal Government (Mrs. Obama is the head of the school lunch program) and are very strict. We don't all agree on them but what we have to adhere to. But I can tell you from my over 15 years experience in the cafeteria a lot of them buy snacks instead of eating the meal. I know some are bland because of sodium restrictions but we are trying to come up with recipes to help it. Such as our Chicken Fajita wraps and chicken enchilada dip. Our kids love them along with our homemade Mac and cheese. So kids try some of our new entrees and if it's still not good transfer to heights!
As for the rotten applesauce, I stand with Kathy in saying that the school's cafeteria staff shouldn't be blamed for it. Even in the original article, I never said they were at fault for it.
Much like grocery stories, the cafeteria gets their stock from many different companies. They have no control over manufactured items other than keeping them refrigerated and checking their expiration dates.
And much like you & I, they too aren't perfect. Throughout the work day, the lunch ladies bust their butt with a short staff to give all the students nutritious, fresh food which is for the most part made from scratch.
That is why I have the utmost amount of respect for all the school's cafeteria staff - including Kathy's crew at Heights Terrace. The Hazleton Headlines rightfully acknowledges them for their outstanding efforts at the job they're called to do. The cafeteria staff in all of the schools are truly undervalued.
Next time you find yourself in front of a lunch lady, be sure to offer her your appreciation, and trust me when I tell you that she'd appreciate it.