Carmen R. Florida

Better Food, Better Students

This letter addresses the topic of the quality of school lunches, how the quality affects students, and what the government can do to improve it.

President Barack Obama

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue NW

Washington DC, 20500

Dear Mr. President,

My name is Carmen Roque-Rosario, and I am a resident of Miami, Florida. I am writing to you to address the issue of the quality of school lunches throughout our schools, especially in my area. The school lunches that are prepared for us students are almost disgusting. The food is almost always undercooked, even chicken, and the food is soggy and cold. Also, the amount of food on our trays is barely anything in order to keep us full.

In a city like Miami, there are sections of poverty and sometimes school lunch may be the only food a student may get all day, especially if they only get free or reduced lunch. If their only meal is a tiny amount of undercooked meats and soggy pasta, the students who cannot afford food at home take the risk of being both hungrier than they have to be and getting sick from food that is not cooked properly. Students will have more trouble concentrating in school and getting good grades if they can only think about their empty stomach or the feeling of wanting to throw up from food poisoning.

If we prioritized the use of our tax money to have a higher budget dedicated to more wholesome school lunches, students could have better experiences during lunch and throughout school as a whole because they will be able to focus more on studying and all the other great things public schools have to offer rather than something as easily fixable as the quality of their food.

Thank you for considering this matter.


Carmen Roque-Rosario,

Miami-Dade County High School Student

Mourning Senior High School

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