Lancer Jacks changes their menu

Bonnie Montanez along with a fellow teacher wrapped chicken sandwiches to get ready for the lunch rush. Lancer Jacks recently started selling food options sold at the cafeteria, for healthier food options.

Natasha Menard

Bonnie Montanez along with a fellow teacher wrapped chicken sandwiches to get ready for the lunch rush. Lancer Jacks recently started selling food options sold at the cafeteria, for healthier food options.

Jennifer Kim, copy editor

Fortunately, our taste buds don’t lie.

This year, Lancer Jacks implemented some necessary alterations to fit new state standards. In past years, Lancer Jacks teamed up with the ROP Business elective to run its own franchise, allowing business students opportunities to learn about starting a business.

However, with the recent budget shortage, sections of business were cut and Lancer Jacks now associates directly with CHS food services.

“Everything we sell has to be in compliance with food services and state-mandated regulations,” Lancer Jacks manager Bonnie Montanez said.

Strictly following state policies, Lancer Jacks has done no wrong. However, students can’t help but feel disappointed at the modifications Lancer Jacks made, especially the disappearance of the favorite Otis Spunkmeyer cookies, now replaced by healthier cookies.

“I think [Lancer Jacks] more resembles a food cart now,” senior Fina Beauchamp said. “Before, we had reduced-fat foods and so it could very well be possible to turn the healthier foods into gourmet snacks.”

Montenez aims to bring the Spunkmeyer cookies back. Prioritizing the students’ needs, Montanez endeavors to discover the medium between state standards and great taste.

“When it comes to what we sell, our hands are tied,” Montanez said. “However, we’re always looking to find approved foods and diversify our options.”

Despite recent changes, CHS students continue to find Lancer Jacks their food sanctuary. Though the healthier modifications might not sit well with some students, Lancer Jacks wholly aims to provide sustenance for all students: a goal it has always kept.

“Lancer Jacks has really remained the same,” Montanez said. “I’m glad students feel comfortable buying from students and enjoy what Lancer Jack offers.”