PATERSON, NJ (CBSNew York) – Unappetizing breakfasts are making big changes in the Paterson Public Schools food program.
Staff receive emergency cooking lessons as school leaders promise to cook something better.
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The hobby at a high school in Paterson is “tag this lunch”.
Dave Carlin of CBS2 showed residents of Paterson photos of some of the dishes served.
“Um, that’s, like, beef, I think,” said Christopher Gutierrez, reviewing a lunch.
Is it meat, vegetables or fruit?
“Is that banana?” I do not know. What is it? ”Said Naveen Zakhary.
Zakhary checked the meal on another lunch tray.
“The chicken is too dark, isn’t it?” The fries are burnt, ”she said.
“No one finds this acceptable,” said Paul Brubaker, public information officer for Paterson Public Schools. “It is the result of some negligence.”
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Brubaker is responding to the fallout after parents posted student photos of puny portions and mysterious meats on social media.
Paterson School administrators say they’re revamping the school lunch program and it’s starting with retraining cafeteria staff.
“The food preparation procedure was not followed,” Brubaker said. “The school board is going to work with the administration to make sure something like this never happens again.”
Carlin saw people walking into Paterson International High School with food from outside.
“I prefer to send my own food. Send them with my own homemade food, ”said Xavier Bellvin.
“It’s the kids, man. You should be serving them real food, not frozen or processed foods or foods that look like that, ”Gutierrez said.
Gutierrez, who graduated last year, says he tasted it.
“Why do they even serve that?” Because, like, it wasn’t, it looked exactly like that. It was very unappetizing, ”he said.
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“They deserve a lot more,” Zakhary said.