A Minnesota school district is facing criticism after photos of a new school lunch offering went viral on social media.
According to KARE-TV, Maryn Holler, a student at Apollo High School in St. Cloud, took to Facebook on Friday to share photos of her meal, which featured a hot dog bun with cheese, a handful of carrots and some marinara sauce.
"Alright, so I paid for this to eat at lunch today," she captioned the photos, which had been shared nearly 1,000 times by Thursday morning. "I thank God everyday that my family has the money where I get to go home and eat actual food. There are kids at this school who this is ALL THEY GET TO EAT, and we were given a hotdog bun with cheese. It’s honestly sad to know that we go to school and pay around 3 dollars for something that cost .50 cents to make."
alright so i paid for this to eat at lunch today. I thank God everyday that my family has the money where i get to go...Posted by Maryn Holler on Friday, September 13, 2019
Most commenters appeared to agree with Holler.
"That is a disgrace," M.J. Fackler wrote. "Criminals in jail get a better lunch than this! For free!"
"This is a sad sad excuse for a meal, and like you said this could be all a child gets to eat for the day," added Emily Johnson. "This is shameful."
Just hours later, the St. Cloud Area School District addressed the complaints in its own Facebook post.
"Oops! We goofed," the post read. "Tried a new menu item today at lunch and we hear it was not a winner! Going forward, we will gather input from our students on new menu options. Thanks for the feedback!"
Oops! We goofed. Tried a new menu item today at lunch and we hear it was not a winner! Going forward, we will gather input from our students on new menu options. Thanks for the feedback!Posted by St. Cloud Area School District 742 on Friday, September 13, 2019
Although the district clarified that the item was just one of the menu choices for the day, that didn't seem to appease many of the system's social media followers.
"A choice?" replied Dezarae Denis Ritter. "No, it's barf on a plate."
"This cannot even qualify as a balanced meal, can it?" asked Mike Abraham. "I know this for sure, any more 'new menu' items that resemble this garbage, and I’ll be pursuing a refund for the balance left in our food account."
But some didn't understand what all the fuss was about.
"These were called Italian Dunkers when I was in school," Erica Moon wrote. "You guys were just missing the meat. This was one of my favorite lunches back in the day. Kids today just don't appreciate the classics."
And others were willing to give the district the benefit of the doubt.
"Thanks for being real and using the 'mistake' to get further input," Shawn Butterfield Gombos wrote. "We've all tried new recipes that flop ... it happens!"
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