Oceanside School district has just passed a healthy food initiative that will halt the sale of unhealthy food options in our cafeteria, including the famous cafeteria cookies and fried chicken. This initiative will also end “candy Mondays”, which is the sale that occurs in front of the library every Monday where students can purchase chocolate and candy. Many students here at OHS are upset that they will no longer have access to their favorite foods, however the district feels it can no longer enable its students to have such easy access to unhealthy options.
Childhood obesity in the United States has been steadily increasing, with one out of every 5 students in the United States facing obesity (CDC.gov). In order to combat this, many public schools are seeking to end the sale of unhealthy food choices and replace them with healthy alternatives, such as salads, vegan tofu, pressed juices, and kale.
Many students are outraged over this new program. Senior Jane Krol says that “The cookies were the highlight of my high school career, the only thing getting me through the day was buying those cookies.” Many students are concerned that they will not make it through the day without this food source, and now conflicts are being raised over how this will affect our DLT policy.
Other seniors had strong feelings about this health initiative; one student who chose to remain anonymous stated, “In my college search process, my priority was finding a school with the right cookies to fit my lifestyle needs. Oceanside’s cookies are world renowned, so I knew it would be difficult finding a university that can offer me the same dining experience as Oceanside. Now that I know we’re getting rid of the cookies, I think I’m going to have to take a gap year and rethink my whole search.”
Oceanside is highly ranked in a variety of fields, whether it be in athletics, research programs, or club achievements. However, the district has been ranked “Greatest Cookie” for 13 years in a row by the National Association of Public School Cookie Rankings (NAPSCR, 2017). While this health initiative may prevent students from making unhealthy options while in school, it will also tarnish the reputation of Oceanside and damage what is arguably the legacy of OSD.
Another concern with this new program is all of the necessary training required for those preparing the food. The cafeteria will have to be closed for a week in order to teach the cafeteria staff how to press juices. Students will have to find other places to find food for this week, and freshman and sophomores who are not allowed to leave the school are worried that they might have to bring food from home. In addition to all this training, the cost of kale has risen exponentially over the past decade as the Hipster community, primarily in the Williamsburg and Portland area, has commandeered this leafy green. This will cause our district to have to make some adjustments in the annual budget.
April 1st Edition.