Students Get Chance To Taste Test New Cafeteria Menu Items

Kids Taste Test New Cafeteria

GRAHAM, NC -- Remember the lunches in your school’s cafeteria?

Sometimes you’d get those little square pizzas and sometimes you might just get a slab of some sort of mystery meat.

If you didn’t pack your own lunch, you weren’t left with many other options.

But that’s not the case anymore.

Some Triad school aged students are actually getting an opportunity to vote on new food menu items to be served in their school's cafeteria!

If they don't like something, it won't be served.

The goal is to cut down on food wasted in schools by giving students a chance to choose what they eat.

Throughout the year, students in Alamance-Burlington Schools are given the opportunity to taste new food items and rate them to decide if they should be served in the school’s cafeteria.

But this time, there's a different twist and teachers can participate, too.

The school district brought a food truck to Graham Middle School on Thursday.

The vendor, Ruiz Foods, served burritos and taquitos for the kids and their teachers to taste test.

Pamela Bailey with Child Nutrition Services says whichever item gets the most votes earns a spot on the school's cafeteria menu!

“Every item that we taste test will be the opinions of the students,” said Bailey.

Lines were long as students waited their turn during their lunch hour on Thursday.

Most of the voters seemed to really like the candidates.

“I think it's fun! It's really cool! I appreciate them (coming),” said one group of students.

“It was good! It was really good,” said another group of students. “Thumbs up! Thumbs up!”

But some are still undecided.

"I don't like spicy foods," said Elaiza Garcia, a student at Graham Middle School.

But like every election, it doesn't matter which side you're on, every opinion counts.

“I think I'm pretty lucky to be able to go to school where I get to choose what I get to eat,” said Mason Roberson, a sixth grade student.

“It makes me feel empowered and makes us feel like our voices are getting heard,” said McKenzie Alvarenga, a sixth grader.

Best of all, officials say the taste test program will cut down on the massive amounts of food wasted at schools.

“If you allow the student to participate in choosing the item, they are more likely to partake in the item,” said Bailey. “If the students do not choose that item, that item is not going to go on the menu because if it's something they do not like, they are not going to eat it.”

Alamance-Burlington Schools is making it easy and fun for the kids to vote on which food item they want in the cafeteria.

It's all on social media!

The kids will tweet at the school and tell them what they liked and what they disliked.

The school district wants to continue getting input from students.
Starting on October 31, ABSS says they're going to give students at every school an opportunity to taste test a new frozen juice item.

(© 2016 WFMY)


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