Aramark employees to attend training after serving 'inappropriate' meal to Nyack students during Black History Month

The food service provider served Nyack middle schoolers chicken and waffles with watermelon on the first day of Black History Month.

News 12 Staff

Feb 8, 2023, 10:22 PM

Updated 471 days ago

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Aramark, a national school food service provider, will have employees attend training after serving what some are calling an "inappropriate" meal to students in Rockland County.
It served Nyack middle schoolers chicken and waffles with watermelon on the first day of Black History Month.
"While it may be a learning experience, we don't want learning experiences that impact our kids in a negative away," says Nyack Public Schools school board president Jen Marraccino.
Marraccino explained to News 12 what's being done since those students were given that meal to eat.
"We had sixth through eighth graders that were feeling marginalized and upset and had to go home and speak to their parents about this incident. That's not what we want," she says. 
Marraccino says that the food service company's vice president of children's nutrition and vice president of diversity, equity and inclusion will be attending a two-day racial justice training this week.
Also, the school district's director of equity, inclusion and innovation will now be looking at menus.
As News 12 reported last week, a finalized February menu showed students were supposed to get Philly cheesesteaks.
News 12 learned that the change happened, in part, because the food director died earlier this year and someone else stepped in, not wanting to serve Philly cheesesteaks two days in a row.
A January menu listed chicken and waffles for Feb. 1. 
Aramark apologized last week.
"The board is really just looking at all of our options and really recognizing the most important thing for us to do is to listen to our community, particularly the voices of our Black and brown community members while we make any decisions going forward," says Marraccino.
An online petition started a few days ago wants the district to stop working with Aramark, while keeping the food employees who work within the schools.
It currently has more than 100 electronic signatures.
News 12 is told that other Aramark employees have planned to attend more training in April.   


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