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NJ students hold 'lunch strike'

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More than a thousand students at Parsippany Hills High School participated in a so-called school lunch strike Friday; not because they don't like the food but because they say they're not being given enough of it under new government portion guidelines.

Parsippany High School students Nicky Caccavale and Brandon Faris say they're going hungry because of shrunken school lunches. And they say to add insult to injury they're getting less food for more money.

It's all because of a federal initiative to make school lunches healthier.

The base price of a meal was only raised about 10 cents to about $2.85 at Parsippany Hills High, but the students say they now have to buy more to fill up.

The students say are so frustrated that they organized the strike. More than a thousand of their classmates have signed up to brown bag it, vowing not to spend a dime in the cafeteria to make their point.

But the company providing the meals to the school district says there is nothing they can do to change the new meals or prices.

Pomptonian Food Service president Mark Vidovich says he is just following federal mandates: "As part of the healthy hunger free kids act regulation we have a maximum amount of grains and protein were allowed to serve and a max amount of calories."

Pomptonian Foods says students' best bet is contacting the USDA or their local senators and representatives.

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