Lunch Lady Ordered to Cook Less Tasty Meals

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A child eats a cafeteria lunch.

While recent adjustments to school lunches in America have prompted student complaints, pupils and parents at an elementary school in central Sweden are also protesting changes to their cafeteria’s cuisine.

Annica Eriksson, the head cook at the Falun school, received an order from the municipality to decrease the quality of her cooking after it discovered she served a variety of 15 vegetables and freshly baked bread to students each day. The municipality claims that these offerings are “unfair” to students at other local schools, who consume meals of a lesser quality, The Local reported.

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The meals at Eriksson’s school do not fit the requirements of the local diet plan started in 2011. Katarina Lindberg, head of the team responsible for the school diet scheme, told a local newspaper that the group’s goal was to streamline cafeteria food, according to The Local.

“A menu has been developed… It is about making a collective effort on quality, to improve school meals overall and to try and ensure everyone does the same,” Lindberg said.

The Local reported that the municipality forced Eriksson to swap her bread for a store-bought type, and she now offers only half of the old vegetable assortment as before. The chef has also prepared Easter and Christmas feasts in the past, but those may no longer occur.

“It has been claimed that we have been spoiled and that it’s about time we do as everyone else,” Eriksson told The Local.

Eriksson told The Local that she believes it’s her duty to provide a variety of options for lunch because not all students enjoy the same foods. This duty spurred her to provide an assortment of vegetables and selections of protein, such as beef patties, chicken and shrimp, which she said has not increased the municipality’s expenses.

Parents and students are upset about the degradation of the school lunches. The school’s fourth graders have even reportedly started a petition to protest the decision.

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10 comments
DanielJones
DanielJones

Okay: If you ever wondered why people decry the "values" of cookie-cutter punlic education--KEEP THIS ARTICLE IN MIND.

The bottom line here is exactly that. These brainless, reckless, feckless jerks are so afraid of being told to do better for the kids they'll force the exceptional to be mediocre in hopes no-one will expect quality!!

How long until someone suspects or accuses the school board of doing the same to the quality of teaching?

thatwave
thatwave

Instead of dragging everyone down to the same mediocrity, how about offering the same healthful ideas at all schools? Socialism is so nonsensical.

Denesius
Denesius

Classic example of warped thinking prevalent in society these days: rather than improve the rest to the new standard, let's degrade the excellent to the level of the mediocre. It is after all, easier to go down rather than up.

RevaPearlston
RevaPearlston

Here's a better idea - have Annica Eriksson teach the other lunch ladies to cook.

quasardrake
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My god, the comments by pendragon and distantsmoke beggar belief! Did EITHER of you fools happen to notice that the article stated that this happened at an elementary school IN SWEDEN???!!!  Sweden, last I looked, is NOT governed by the U.S., although they do have a rather socialist government. However, the "Democrats" of the US have nothing to do with it. NOTHING.  Sheesh.

Distantsmoke
Distantsmoke

Socialism at work.  This is what Democrats mean by "equality" and "fairness". 

kkjones
kkjones

@Distantsmoke Clearly you didn't read that this was in an entirely different country. Just like a republican...always willing to spread a little Propaganda! Grow up.

Kerry Kirchhofer
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Nothing like a little partisanship to make you look like an utter ass.  Thanks for the laugh.  If by this logic you are saying that we should in USA do away with marriages because gay people want to get married (so let's cut to the minimum), or that we should eliminate health care because millions of people in the USA are uninsured, then you have absolutely no concept of socialism beyond the soundbites you hear (but don't understand).  

pendragon05
pendragon05

The dumbing down of school cafeteria lunches continues.