Student Perspective: Mystery Of Meat Solved


By Luke C.

When you buy lunches from the school, you usually know what you are getting and what it tastes like.  Normally sandwiches or burgers with a side of fries, which tastes very good in my opinion.  But do you know where this delicious food comes from?

First of all, the bread for the hamburgers and cheeseburgers comes from a commercial bakery company based in San Diego called S&S bakery, according to the Middle School Nutrition Analysis by the School district.  S&S bakery is also a delivery company that provides bread to all of the bread for TUSD and other school districts and organizations.  The patty meat comes from a company called AdvancePierre Foods, whose parent organization is Tyson Foods.  The cheese for the cheeseburgers comes from Land O’Lakes, which is a dairy producing agricultural cooperative based in Minnesota.  Finally, the fries come from a company called McCain.  McCain is a major Canadian manufacturer of potato food products, and is the largest potato product manufacturer in the world.

Another popular lunch choice, chicken sandwiches’ bread also comes from the S&S bakery.  The chicken meat is from Gold Kist Farms, a part of the chicken manufacturer Pilgrim’s Pride.  Its fries are also from McCain.

A popular alternative, the Peanut Butter and Jelly sandwich which, wholly comes from the J.M. Smucker company, an Ohio-based company that manufactures fruit spreads, icecream toppings, beverages, shortening, peanut butter, and other products.  The sandwich is one of its many products, and is called Uncrustables, for its non-crust bread.  The string cheese side is from Bongards, which is a cheese manufacturer from Minnesota.  The Doritos chips comes from the Frito-Lay company, which also makes the Lays and Fritos chips and is a part of Pepsico, which makes the Pepsi cola drink.

A healthy alternative is to buy the salads, which are healthier than the other lunch menu items.  This has The Yogurt Parfait alternative as another healthier option.  Both the Salad and Yogurt Parfait alternatives are healthy, and contain no trans fat compared to the burgers and sandwiches.

You can also pack a lunch with healthy fruits and vegetables instead of buying your lunch.  So remember to eat a healthy lunch!

For additional lunch menu ingredient facts, visit the TUSD Middle School NutritionAnalysis.

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