The New And Improved Student Store
November 4, 2015
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Over the previous years, the LAUSD snack menu has changed tremendously due to potential health risks. The snacks being sold at King/Drew Magnet High School’s student store has drastically changed due to unhealthy ingredients. The drastic change of food sold has caused many students to stop buying snacks from the student store.
Many individuals might say that the student store menu has changed from delicious to distasteful. The student store once sold snacks like packages of Pop-Tarts, Goldfish Crackers, and Ocean Spray drinks. Now the student store currently sells items such as Popchips and Tajin Nuts. The new LAUSD menu has altered the nutritional outlook on students. Unfortunately, the new menu is not making many sells.
King/Drew students are not eating as many student store refreshments as they previously did. Senior, Brandon Hall, was asked about the school’s new snacks and said, “We need name brand food.” A lot of the students are not pleased with the food brands the school provides. We once had popular name brand foods that students were familiar with; now the new snacks being purchased are not as favored.
Another student, Chante’ Terry stated, “The student store is not very pleasant.” Many students around campus agreed that the snacks being sold in the student store changed, and not for the better.
Although the student store changed drastically, did it change for the better? A statistic from an article on www.ncbi.com states,“…88.5% of store inventory was high in fat and/or high in sugar.” The past snacks being sold had an excessive amount of these ingredients.
If a student consumes too much of these ingredients, it can lead to health risks. If the school would have continued to serve these snacks, the students’ health would have been put in jeopardy. The continuance of these snacks could have led to diabetes or even obesity.
The school’s new snacks are trying to promote the availability of whole grain, low-fat dairy, fruits, and even protein.
Essentially, to avoid any health risks LAUSD had to alter the menu. Students’ health comes first. LAUSD has an obligation to provide the students with healthy and appetizing snacks. After all, students are the consumers.