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Parents complain of schools serving cold food

by Roslyn Giles  - email | bio

COLUMBUS, GA (WTVM) - Venessa Fitzpatrick and her mom Emma Sanders say they were shocked to learn that their kid's lunches at Muscogee Elementary School are cooked and transported from Cusseta Road Elementary.  "It's terrible and something has to be done," says Fitzpatrick.

She claims her kids are constantly complaining that their breakfast and lunches are cold.  "They have been served cottage cheese, broccoli, carrots, fruits in the cut and milk; something they don't want to eat, they (school) just throw it on there," adds Fitzpatrick.

Sanders reports, "We tried to work with the school before contacting the media. The nutritionist said someone would take the food out of the warmer and heat it up in the microwave for the kids but that hasn't happened because they don't care."

News Leader 9 took the parents complaints to the Muscogee County School District. Communications Director, Valerie Fuller says the meals are transported to schools that are in close proximity based on enrollment and cost efficiency to operate cafeterias.  A good example is JD Davis Elementary and Marshall Middle School. They are within walking distance of each other.

"We want parents to know that we care and we will address any concerns they have, we just have not received any such reports," says Fuller.

Fuller also says the meals are transported in "Hazard Analysis Critical Control Point or HACCP, approved storage containers to make sure the internal food temperatures are being maintained. As the meals arrive at the satellite school, they are immediately placed in a warmer to make sure that proper temperatures are held. Once the product is placed on the serving line, the temperatures are taken again and recorded as per procedure."

 We drove the route from Cusseta Road Elementary to Muscogee Elementary. Our odometer indicates the trip is less than 3 miles. In the meantime, Fitzpatrick and Sanders say they will take the matter to the Muscogee County School Board.

The following eight schools have satellite operations for meals:

Baker Middle to Benning Hills Elementary
Columbus High to Daniel, Rose Hill and St. Elmo
Cusseta Road Elementary to Muscogee Elementary
J.D. Davis Elementary to Marshall Middle
Jordan High to Woodall Center
MLK Elementary to 30 Avenue Preschool
 * Source Muscogee County School District


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