Eastside Catholic High School needs more vegetarian fare
January 29, 2013
By Shreya Tewari
Eastside Catholic High School’s food is provided by a lunch program called No Junk that works with several different private schools across the area.
The program advocates offering balanced food options while keeping special considerations in mind as well, i.e. gluten allergies, etc.
No Junk offers breakfast at Eastside every day before school for those who should choose to arrive early and purchase it. The regular options include breakfast burritos, cinnamon rolls, croissants, hash browns, bagels, juice, cereal, fruit cups and yogurt, while occasionally including a special hot option such as pancakes or French toast.
The lunch options include many of the standard sides (fruit cups, chips, chocolate chip cookies) daily, while having different cold and hot options every day.
There are always cold sandwiches, wraps and salads that are available every day, including an allergy-free sandwich box that is free of gluten, wheat, casein, dairy, egg, soy and nuts. The hot options vary and include pizza, soup, different types of hot panini and pasta.
The drinks include water, juice, milk and various types of sports drinks, flavored water and bottled teas.
Students have a fair amount of options, unless they are vegetarian, because most of the sandwiches, wraps, etc. have some sort of meat in them.
Vegetarian options could be improved upon, and also the nutritious content of the hot food isn’t visible, so while reasonable guesses can be made, the information is not spelled out.