Last Tuesday, students were excited that it was both Taco Tuesday for hot lunch and that it was also gym day. This excitement was the start of an idea for our blog. The DND 2nd graders had the idea to survey the students about what they most enjoy eating for school lunches. Students at Whittier have several lunch options. They can choose to buy a hot lunch, order a wrap (a type of sandwich rolled in a tortilla) or salad,bring a cold lunch, or go home for lunch. We surveyed their favorites for hot lunch, cold lunch (which means you bring your lunch from home), and their favorite lunchtime drinks.
Hot lunch top vote getters were: 1. Pizza Dippers, 2. Pizza, 3. Tacos, 4. French Toast Sticks, and 5. Chicken Nuggets.
Cold lunch top vote getters were: 1. Sandwiches (all sorts including PBJ/Peanut Butter & Jelly, ham & cheese, sunbutter, salami, cheese) , 2.Mac & Cheese, 3. Ravioli ,4. String Cheese & crackers 5. Miscellaneous Favorites-Pancakes, rice, lemon pasta, cookies. Students bring their cold lunches in lunch boxes and put them into classroom tubs to carry back and forth to the lunchroom.
Drinks top votes went to: 1. Chocolate Milk, 2. White Milk, 3. Juice Boxes, 4. Water
We are excited to know what our lunch trends are and even more excited about
the possibility of learning what other children around the globe eat for lunch.
Please comment and let us know what you are eating for school lunches in other parts of the world.
Other interesting things about our school lunchroom is that the Whittier Green Team has worked hard to reduce the waste we create each day during lunch. Students sort all of their waste. We host waste-free lunch competitions and the class with the least waste wins the “Golden Lunchbox” to display in their classroom Students reduce waste in cold lunches from home by using reusable snack pouches and containers.
We use biodegradeable lunch trays.
We also compost lunch waste, collect leftover milk so the packaging can be recycled, and recycle other packaging.