Edmond School Cafeteria Food Displeases Student!

I grew up on free breakfast and free lunch from my collective school’s cafeterias. I’ve been through the best of times and the worst of times with it, but never complained once because it was free, paid for by you, the beautiful taxpayers. Thank you for that!

But, apparently, one Edmond Central Middle School student is up in arms over the Doritos and chili mixture served to her recently, with her father, Dan Myers—who referred to it as “baby poo”—going as far as to post in an Edmond parents Facebook group which, I guess, was co-opted by FOX 25.

Here’s a Tweet from reporter Payton May:

While, sure, the lunch may look unappetizing, it would have been a real treat for me and thousands of others on free lunch, as I was usually served warm chicken fingers, creamy mashed potatoes, a filling fruit cup, and a welcome pint of Whole D milk. Granted, none of it looked like bodily fluids, but I’m sure today’s Edmond kids would gripe about it as well.

When I was in school, there were two lines: the hot lunch line—for us poor kids—and the cold food line—filled with what you see here, things like chips and chili and so on. Thankfully, food wasn’t a status symbol for many of us, plus we were honestly poor enough to either accept what was given or go hungry the rest of the day; whatever was being served was good enough and, if I’m being honest, still is.

Regardless, Edmond Public Schools sent out this memo, admitting some unnecessary fault:

“The Chili Con Queso entree served at Central Middle School on November 2 did not turn out as planned. The sauce, containing meat and cheese, was darker than normal, which was likely the result of too much seasoning. Because the round tortilla chips normally used in the entree were shorted on delivery, Doritos were substituted. While this recipe has been a popular item at our schools for several years, the EPS test kitchen will evaluate the recipe and cook/hold procedures to confirm and make changes as needed. The other available items, which are not shown in the picture, included: Side of Shredded Lettuce & Tomatoes, Refried Beans, Fruit Choices (Oranges or Grapes), Milk.”

As much as I’d like to disagree with Edmond Public Schools—or any school, for that matter—it does look like they are trying to feed all these children the best way possible. But, with Edmond parents worried about Covid masks, perverted books, and, of course, critical race theory, I guess this is just one more fleshy body to throw on the proverbial funeral pyre.

However, not too long ago, I reviewed the dinner at the Salvation Army and, honestly, this is the exact same food I had there and it was just fine. So if Edmond schools want to allow me to come by for free lunch—I’m sure I still qualify!—I would be most happy to and, probably, give it a good review.

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15 Responses


  1. I bet she never said a word about the liver and onions.


  2. We all know people who aren’t happy unless they are complaining loudly about something, usually piling on to something or someone already under attack. Institutional food is a favorite soft target. Shouldn’t we be more understanding when schools are hit by supply chain issues like everyone else?

    I like Doritos, and I would want to taste that chili before I raised hell about it.


    1. I am giving the family the benefit of the doubt that the food did appear in real life the way it looks in the photo (no enhancement from filters). As much as I like guacamole, I thought the reported chile con queso was guacamole that had reached that baby poo stage in appearance, and I was repulsed by it. I do agree with Louis that indications are the school district is doing the best they can with what they do have to work with and that they are working to ensure that food preparation, cook/hold procedures, as well as presentation and flavor are safe and appealing to the students.
      I also appreciate the perspective from a former student that qualified for free breakfast and lunch and depended upon them for their nourishment and that he and other students in similar situations literally could not afford to be picky, as they would otherwise go hungry. Louis hit that image and fact home for me.


  3. I too am an edmond fb group parent. Rosario does not pack my child junk like this and as an elite, all we are saying is that as elite libs/conservatives, forever in social dominance conflict, our children are entitled to an authentic Latin inspired fusion bento box, lovingly crafted by an abuela flown directly from the the most “ethnic” town in meh hee co, with hand crafted paper flower garnish.


    1. Dude you got more important things to do. Time to meet up with Q for the return of JFK, Jr.


      1. It was satire DUDE!!


      2. Oh, haven’t you heard? Many Q-anon followers believe the 22 years deceased JFK, Jr. IS Q. I’m not kidding.
        I am gobsmacked by the ideas and beliefs churned out by and for the dumbest of the dumb and the most mentally ill among the mentally ill. This is too real and serious to make fun of it.


  4. Although I don’t have kids in the Edmond PS system, I do live there and pay property taxes which go to them. But contrary to the opinion of non-Edmondites, every kid is not named Karen or Trevor and from what I can tell, they’re all pretty much like kids everywhere else in the Oklahoma public school system. And let’s be honest here, that stuff doesn’t look very appetizing, regardless of your socioeconomic standing.


  5. There are First World problems, there are Third World problems and there are Edmond World problems. Kid was probably also upset the wait staff didn’t serve from the right and remove from the left.


  6. Magic Markered on the panels of damn near every PS toilet stall: “Flush twice, it’s a long way to the cafeteria”.


  7. Hey, ol girl has a bag of Cheetos Puffs to chase those Doritos with. Lucky!


  8. That was canned chili, it doesn’t have meat in it because it’s vegan. You would pay $6 to $8 for the same stuff at a Thunder game. I do wonder why they used flavored Doritos instead of plain chips. The parent needs to grow up.


  9. I grew up in a small racists town and went to three different different elementary schools, never moved, while parents were scrambling to rescue us from being with those……yeah you know.

    That was during Desegregation. Parents panicked and cleared hay bales out of an old brick schoolhouse. There were two rooms with a folding wall between them. Grades 1-3 on one side and 4-6 on the other side. Two teachers, one for each side.

    This school had little if any budget. They got a grant or a really good deal on some army surplus food. It came in some big cans with a key to open them. There were some canned corn, peas, but mostly that gawd awful spam meat. The cooks tried to make it good but gave up after a few weeks. It became dog food after that. But we did get fish sticks on Friday. Every damned Friday.


  10. what an unserious complaint from an unserious person in an unserious country (apologies to Tom Nichols)


  11. Off we go, into the lunchroom yonder.
    Pushing girls out of the way.
    Forward, boys! Start moving down the counter,
    grab your grub, fill your trays!

    Try the beans, they were prepared last Friday.
    And the meat is tough as a mule.
    The soup is cold, the bread’s got mold.
    Yes, anything beats the lunchroom at school!

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