EUGENE, Ore. — A group of 4J School District children and their parents demanded better food choices in their school cafeteria Wednesday.
Parents and students gathered early outside Edison Elementary just before school started to voice their distaste for a recent decision to stop a local company from delivering lunches to the kids.
The kids walked back and forth holding signs in protest. They even signed plates to show their desire to be able to choose what they want to eat. Parents were supportive and wished the school and district would offer their support as well.
“We teach our kids to make healthy choices, but if they’re limited to one thing and that one thing isn’t so healthy per say, I don’t think that’s teaching our kids to make healthy choices,” said parent Christabelle Moore.
The service was cancelled just before Memorial Day. The company was forced to refund the families for all the prepaid meals.
While the caterer has already stopped delivery for this year, parents have already banded together to create a volunteer group to keep it going next fall. Instead of the caterer delivering the food, the parents will be dropping them off.
KEZI 9 News reached out to 4J officials for their response. They said they are still looking into the contract issue, but the main concern here is the potential liability posed by a commercial vendor dropping off food for distribution.