By Karen Phung
Snapples are no longer available in the cafeteria, and the change has caused some confusion and resentment among the student body.
The Andover High School cafeteria staff provide students with a healthy optional breakfast meal every morning and a lunch around noon. The cafeteria serves traditional lunch foods such as hamburgers, hotdogs, pizza…and occasionally sushi on sushi Tuesdays! They also allow the students to purchase a variety of beverages. One of the most popular drinks amongst the students was Snapples. According to Pam Anderson, a cafeteria worker, about a quarter of the school would purchase a Snapple every day.
Mr. Langevin, the Production & Operations Supervisor for AHS, Doherty and the APS Central Kitchen, noticed that the Snapples met the federal guidelines for school nutrition, but not the state guidelines. “We’re in the process of getting a [nutrition] review done [on the food products], so there are certain [foods] that will disappear during times,” explained Langevin. Both the cafeteria staff and he decided that the best thing to do would be to get rid of the Snapples for a while.
Ms. Anderson, the lunch lady who deals with the drinks and cash register, voiced her opinion: “I think it was popular because it tasted good, had a lot of sugar, and you know teenagers love sugar.” Snapple juice or tea contains at least 47 grams of sugar.
Anderson believes that getting rid of the drink just for a little bit is a good thing because so many students were drinking it and it wasn’t very healthy, but she could understand why so many children bought them. In addition to tasting good, they were offered at an affordable price.
“I think that Snapples [are] pretty good, so I’m kind of sad that they’re gone, but I remember buying around two to three every week,” expressed Ellie Nowak, freshman at AHS. She thought that since it was a very sweet drink, she wouldn’t be tempted as much to buy it now that it’s not being sold in the cafeteria anymore.
“I’m really upset because I drank them a lot. I bought [them] at least once a day,” freshmen Elise Hellmann stated. She makes the claim that they were a major part of her day and that she was always excited to buy them at lunch. Hellman knew that Snapples were not the healthiest option out there for lunch, but felt that it was like a reward for surviving the first half of the day.