To the Editor:
I am a long-time resident of Berkeley and a grandmother with a grandson at Berkeley High School (BHS). Newspapers around the country, including the New York Times, have been saying that Berkeley kids don’t like to eat healthy food. This is not true. One of my favorite BHS teens loves broccoli.
What I hear from my grandson and other teens I know is that the healthy food was only there for a very short while. The prices were high, the portions were small, the lines were long and slow and the place was difficult to find. The food at BHS is served in an unappetizing hallway. There’s no place to sit. The students have to walk to Civic Center Park, or around the Building C to sit at concrete tables on a broiling asphalt strip. Why wouldn’t students depart en mass for Shattuck Avenue?
At one time Berkeley High School was a source of pride in Berkeley. I would love it if someone would point out the excellence and the accountability of our schools being touted by our school board president now running for re-election. And it seems that serving decent, tasty, healthy food should be one of the easier tasks to do well.