Social media gives voice to disgruntled students

Upset about new meal regs, students go online.

Sept. 17—Smaller portions and higher prices have some high school students taking to social media to complain about the new school lunch menu—and brown-bagging it in protest.

A Facebook group organized by South Jefferson (N.Y.) Central High School students had 162 participants as of Friday morning. And South Jefferson is not the only district fielding complaints from parents and students. New federal regulations for school cafeterias restrict calories and proteins, substituting whole wheat and fresh produce. But some parents are concerned about whether their children, especially student athletes, are getting enough food to get them through classes and sports practice.

Cynthia A. Overton, South Jefferson’s food service manager, said the portions for the menus is out of local hands, set by federal officials.