State Sen. Chu claims NYC Public Schools are serving moldy and unappetizing lunches

Chu sent a letter to the Department of Education demanding urgent action to fix the problem.

Faith Graham

Mar 5, 2024, 5:50 PM

Updated 134 days ago

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State Sen. Iwen Chu is slamming New York City Public Schools for serving what she called moldy and unappetizing lunches.
Chu sent a letter to the Department of Education demanding urgent action to fix the problem. She shared photos with News 12 showing moldy oranges, bread and cream cheese. One photo also showed a meal that is hard to identify.
Chu says the photos came from parents and students who attend Midwood High School, Edward R. Murrow High School, Brooklyn Tech High School and Staten Island Tech High School.
The state senator is pointing the finger at budget cuts and cost-saving efforts at the hands of New York City Public Schools.
"Insufficient meals harm a child’s memory, concentration, motor skills, energy and overall mood. For students facing food insecurity, they rely on free or reduced fee school lunches that can provide them with nutrition and protein. In order to save costs, NYC is putting our own youth on the chopping block and leaving students with no choice but to starve," she said in a statement.
Along with demanding urgent action from New York City Public Schools, Chu is also asking any students or parents with a similar experience to reach out to her office.
News 12 reached out to New York City Public Schools about the senator's claims but have not yet heard back.


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