Concerns of food shortage at Hanna High School

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POSTED: Thursday, September 4, 2014 - 4:00pm

UPDATED: Friday, September 5, 2014 - 8:14am

A mother of a local high school student claims that her daughter does not get lunch because the school has been running out of food.

BISD's food services provides meals for over 43,000 students every day, including breakfast in the classroom, lunch, and now an after school supper program.

However, one mother's claims that the school runs out of food, leaving her daughter with nothing.

Bee Quintanilla, Students' Mother, "She told me that for the past since school started, she just let me know, that she hasn't had any meals at school."

Silverio Capistran, Food & Nutrition Administrator, "I have been with food service for, I would say, seven years. This is the first time we hear something, a complaint similar to this."

Administrator Capistran says that the food program at Hanna has multiple lines for students to get food, and that service takes 15 minutes out of the 45 minute allotted lunch break.

But the concern is that there might not be enough to go around.

Quintanilla, "By the time a student gets to the front of the line, they run out of food."

Administrator Capistran, "Our first two weeks is based on history. So our managers go there and it's like they never left. Nonetheless, we do take every concern seriously. It only gives us an opportunity to improve our services, and we'll definitely look into it."

I met with some Hanna High School students at lunch time at Subway, and I asked them what this issue was with the lunch program.

They told me that the sheer volume and the long wait times makes them want to eat elsewhere. But they distinctively do remember running out of food at least once.

Food services administrator says that anyone with a concern about BISD's program is welcome to contact him.

Phone: (956) 698-0821

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