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March 1, 2021

Food service worker speaks out

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by clicking on the Red Phone icon at www.gilroydispatch.com!
here’s the truth:

Mr. Morsilli, I wish you wouldn’t write about GHS food service
when you know nothing about our lunch program. We who work in the
kitchen have no say on the price changes of the food. … Do not
tell the whole community the food is too expensive and of nasty
quality.
Readers, don’t forget to e-mail your comments to the Red Phone by clicking on the Red Phone icon at www.gilroydispatch.com!

here’s the truth: “Mr. Morsilli, I wish you wouldn’t write about GHS food service when you know nothing about our lunch program. We who work in the kitchen have no say on the price changes of the food. … Do not tell the whole community the food is too expensive and of nasty quality.

“I invite you to come into the Mustang Cafe any day before noon and bring your camera so you can show the readers what really gets served. The food all gets prepared the day is served and as for the ‘mystery meat,’ it is ground beef three days a week and ground chicken two days a week with taco seasoning.

“Each meal is $2.25 and comes with an entree, salad bar, fruit, juice and milk. Breakfast is only $1.50 for the entree, fruit, juice, milk and a trip to the breakfast bar.

“And for your information, we serve plenty of staff members and usually they leave very satisfied. There may be a five minute wait at the entrance to the cafe, and the only deep fried food at the high school are the fries – we bake everything else. We have vegetarian sandwiches and pizza everyday and our beans are not made with lard.

“So if you choose to eat healthy you have plenty of options. But you can choose to eat fries and soda. It’s your choice. Thank you.”

Whoa, caller! High school student and Dispatch columnist Chris Morsilli is just that … a columnist. He’s entitled to his opinion – that’s why he’s seen on the opinion page. And Red Phone gives him credit because he’s a student who has experienced first-hand the length of lines and tastiness – or lack thereof – of the food.

But do note, caller, that Chris compliments GHS service, saying “They’re doing a good job in an impossible situation.”

However, the mystery meat isn’t a mystery, thanks to you. So it’s either ground beef or chicken with seasoning … who knew? Sounds like Gilroy High has a lot to offer when it comes to lunchtime. The Red Phone thanks you for not only your clearing up some misunderstandings, but also for your (sometimes unappreciated) work in food service.

So, to settle it: For those who question the meat, bring your own lunch. For those who enjoy the selection, enjoy the cheap meals as well. It is all about choices.

By the way, it’s been a while since the Red Phone attended good ol’ high school, but it still thinks brown-baggin’ is the way to go. You always know what you’re eating and whose fingers have touched it. (Because do you really know where others’ fingers have been?)

here’s an idea: “Your education reporter did a piece on an ice cream salesman. He sends his money to Mexico.

“I would like to see your education reporter do a year’s calendar that blacks out all the testing dates the schools do. I would like to know how many seasonal students are in the schools and how many of those seasonal students are now scattered through the schools, which requires staff to try to get the records and then they have to be evaluated … and then by the time they get the records, the student has transferred or is gone?”

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web site woes: “Hi guys, just wondering … why does it go to the subscription page when you enter your zip code when you want to read an article (on the Web site)? Thanks and keep up the good work.”

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