A school lunch strike in the Plum School District dramatically reduced the number of lunches sold district-wide during the month of September.
Food service Director Maryann Lazzaro said the district sold an average of 602 fewer lunches per day last month compared to September 2011.
In an effort to protest new federal guidelines—they require lunchrooms to limit caloric intake and serve more whole grains, fruits and other healthier foods—on school lunches, hundreds of students at the high school packed their lunches instead of buying. The effort trickled down to the secondary and elementary levels, and its #BrownBagginIt Twitter hashtag went viral.
The protest also affected staffing needs in the lunchrooms.
However, Lazzaro said the food service department is starting to rebound. During the first nine days of October, the department has recouped about 307 lunches per day.
She said he hopes numbers will go back to normal by the end of October.
"Things are looking up," she said.
Lazarro said as of right now, it doesn't look like there would be a need for an increase in lunch prices for the 2013-14 school year.
She also said she's had lunchroom cooks present at school open house events to educate parents about the new guidelines and show them what types of meals children are offered at school.