“Mom I’m starving, all we had was a potato for lunch,” Natalie Bird said her son told her on Thursday when he came home from Walker high school.
This is the picture Bird says her son captured of his lunch. Pictured you see a baked potato, a dinner roll and tiny cups of chili, cheese and butter.
“I know for a fact that a potato won’t fill my children,” Bird said.
Bird says she’s not trying to bash her children’s school but says this is unacceptable. She says as a result of the lackluster meal, all of her children who attend Livingston Parish schools came home starving.
“They were disappointed, [with the meal] all of the kids are,” she said. “They want to just make sure they’re not hungry. They have tests to take and all those carbs just doesn’t fill them up.”
Sommer Purvis, the Administrator of Special Programs for child nutrition, says Thursday’s meal fit the guidelines in the national lunch program. Purvis said she doesn’t think the picture is an accurate reflection of the meal that was served because it doesn’t show the milk, side salad and fruit that was also offered.
Bird says her children didn’t grab the fruit option because most of it was squished. She says even though the food may technically fit the guidelines, having a baked potato as an entree doesn’t seem fair to the students– especially those who participate in extracurricular activities that may have them in school longer.
“I have children that are athletes,” Bird said. “That’s not something that I would feed my athlete to be prepared for practice in the afternoon.”
Bird says she’s spoken to other parents who are also disappointed. She says moving forward she hopes Livingston Parish schools serve food that she thinks of more filling.