Diegueno Cafeteria

Diegueno Cafeteria 

Every school has a cafeteria. At Diegueno Middle School, students have favorites, least favorites, and suggestions for what should be on the school menu. Unfortunately, Diegueno Middle School faces one extreme problem with its cafeteria: the lunch lines are extremely long. Let’s dive in and find out what the most popular food is, what the most popular request is, and the cause of the long lunch lines.

 Each and every person likes certain things more than others. During the nutrition break Diegueno offers bagels and cream cheese, french toast sticks, and mini stuffed bagels; nonetheless, the most popular being crumb cake, marshmallow cereal and the chocolate muffin.  These are just to name a few as there are many more delicious little snacks to munch on in between classes during the nutrition break. And during lunch Diegueno offers salads, sandwiches, burritos, pizza, orange chicken bowls, cheese burgers and more!  Additionally, the most popular option on the menu for lunch appears to be the pizza, orange chicken with rice and the pulled pork sandwich.  From the menu, this is what kids like, however, what they want is a whole nother story. 

Kids no doubt love the wide variety of food that the Diegueno Cafeteria offers, the pizza, orange chicken, the marshmallow mateys, the crumb squares, the mini bagels, the breakfast muffins, and the turkey sandwiches, but some may argue that the menu gets quite repetitive, serving the same thing every weekday over and over again. So a few kids and the principal  were interviewed to see what other kinds of foods middle schoolers would love to enjoy during their breaks. After getting a wide range of requests for cafeteria foods, it was narrowed down to a few, most suggested foods: soup, pasta, fruit, and chicken nuggets, are all foods that Avery Burks, Phoebe Randolph, Logan Owen, Meiley Watson and Berlin Shelley can agree on. Other than those, Jillian Lavery suggests a taco tuesday, or a chipotle bar, and for snack she would love to see cake pops, claiming “I love cake pops!”. 

When the lunch bell rings, classroom doors open from all directions. Kids race out of the classes and run to the lunch lines. Of course, the lunch lines are very long and kids wait such a long time, sometimes their entire lunch to just get one slice of pizza, or what they are serving that day. Can something be changed? Let’s have a chat with our principal, Mrs. Dolnik to get her opinion on this. She states that because of the free lunches, more and more kids have been getting school lunches. In fact, the percent of kids getting lunches went up over 1000% this year. Crazy, right? A solution to this problem is something that has already started, letting kids out early in P.E. and regular classrooms in general. But that only reduces about 200 kids, whereas over 700 kids get lunch total! According to earlier interviews, we learned that the favorite food of students was running out fast. But you may ask, why does the school run out of food? This is not so much an ordering problem as it is a delivery problem. Special orders are made to work with the nutrition guidelines, where wheat crust needs to be ordered and cheese that is lower in fat. Shipping has taken a long time now with things getting stuck in the system. Another problem is that the cafeteria is low on staff. However, parents have been stepping in and working hard to fill in when the cafeteria is low on staff. Saving spots in line can also create big difficulties, so it is good to be fair to everyone. The cafeteria does have its difficulties, but Diegueno is making sure to give lunch to every kid in the school.