Friday, September 7, 2012
A lunch-packing movement created by Plum High School students has negatively impacted the district's food service department.
It's been a little over a week since the "Brown Bagging" movement began in the Plum School District, and it already has impacted the food service departments financially. In an effort to protest new federal guidelines on school lunches, hundreds of students at the high school packed their lunches instead of buying. Beginning this school year, school districts—Plum and Riverview included—began following the guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requiring district lunchrooms to serve more whole grains; fruits and vegetables; fat-free or low-fat milk; and foods with lower sodium. Students initially said they weren't pleased with the increased cost of lunches, the smaller portions and the quality of the food. Their movement has…
Friday, August 31, 2012
Plum High School students sported beachwear and brown bags at Friday night's football game.
During the first football game of the season, Plum High School students showed their Mustang pride with beachwear and brown bags. Many students brought brown bags in support of their "Brown Baggin' It" movement, in which they are protesting new federal guidelines for school lunches. Read more here. In the end, the Mustangs football team lost to Bethel Park with a score of 55-14. Have photos from the game? Click the 'Upload Photos and Videos' button to share! ______________________ Plum-Oakmont Patch is on Facebook and on Twitter. Don't forget to sign up for our daily email newsletter by clicking here.
Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Students at the high school say portions of school lunches got smaller while prices went up.
The "Brown Baggin' It" movement at Plum High School is going strong. In an effort to protest school lunches, hundreds of students at the high school packed their lunch in brown bags beginning on Wednesday—and they say they're likely to continue for quite a while. Beginning this school year, school districts—Plum and Riverview included—began following federal guidelines set by the U.S. Department of Agriculture, requiring that school lunches be healthier for students. That means, district lunchrooms must serve more whole grains; fruits and vegetables; fat-free or low-fat milk; and foods with lower sodium. District officials have said the new guidelines—issued to reduce childhood obesity—required a price increase because the healthier food …
Plum High School students are brown-bagging their lunches to protest increased prices.
Plum High School students have been back at school for three days, and they are protesting new lunch prices and guidelines—and their movement is trending on Twitter! Students are talking about packing their own lunches using the Twitter hashtag #BrownBagginIt, which is one of the top trending topics in the Pittsburgh area. According to the people on Twitter, they are packing to protest increased lunch prices and food quality. One student wrote, "Lunch price went up, quality and portions went down! Help support!" The lunch cost at Plum is $2.15 for elementary school students and $2.50 for secondary students. At Tuesday night's school board meeting, board member Loretta White said the increased lunch prices were out of the district's control…