Florence students taking a stand on cafeteria food

A student at West Florence High School started the petition. In the petition, students ask to get their french fires and their choice of pizza back into the cafeteria. (Source: Ken Baker)
A student at West Florence High School started the petition. In the petition, students ask to get their french fires and their choice of pizza back into the cafeteria. (Source: Ken Baker)
West Florence High School students could opt to have little Caesar's Pizza or Fire House Subs before new Smart Snacks regulations kicked in this school year. (Source: Ken Baker)
West Florence High School students could opt to have little Caesar's Pizza or Fire House Subs before new Smart Snacks regulations kicked in this school year. (Source: Ken Baker)

FLORENCE, SC (WMBF) - A petition aimed at fighting new government guidelines in the cafeteria started by students in our area.

"It was actually a petition on change.org, it actually gathered a lot of signatures," said Florence School District One's Food Service Director Donnie Chavis.

A student at West Florence High School started the petition. In the petition, students ask to get their french fires and their choice of pizza back into the cafeteria.

View the petition here: http://www.change.org/p/fsd1-sc-bring-back-the-choice-of-pizza-and-french-fries

Students asked for the changes after a change in school lunch guidelines –which limit the amount of sodium, saturated fat, sugar and calories each item on a student's lunch tray can have.

"We used to have outside vendors come in to provide pizza that we served to the high school students here in Florence school district one," Chavis said.

West Florence High School students could opt to have little Caesar's Pizza or Fire House Subs before new Smart Snacks regulations kicked in this school year.

"They could meet the calorie requirements, but the sodium was too high," Chavis said.

Donnie Chavis, Florence One's food Service Director said those outside vendors just don't cut it anymore when it comes to what goes on your student's plate during lunch.

"We understand their concerns and their issues, but we want to meet all the regulations and requirements, but we also want to offer the enticing meals to our students," Chavis said.

According to the petition, more students are packing lunch or not eating the vegetable or fruit being put on their trays.

"We are looking for alternative products to offer and we should have some in the next few weeks that we can offer to the students," Chavis said.

But for the most part Florence One says students across the district are happily adjusting to the healthier items.

11-year-olds Asiya Jordan and Christian Montermurro said they like eating more fruits and veggies at school.

"I think last year's lunch, they like it because it had more junk, but this year it's healthier and its helps your body pump easier and better," Jordan said.

"Wheat bread on burgers is a lot better than the normal bread because last year's was sort of stale," Montermurro added.

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