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Aramark Expresses Remorse for Lack of Sensitivity in School Lunch During the Start of Black History Month

February 8, 2023 | KGB Staff

A New York middle school and its food vendor, Aramark, issued apologies after students were served chicken and waffles, along with watermelon on the first day of Black History Month, according to CNN. The meal sparked outrage as it perpetuated harmful stereotypes about Black people’s food preferences and perpetuated racist tropes.

According to the school principal David A. Johnson, the menu was altered from the original plan. The school’s website showed that the food vendor intended to serve Philly cheesesteak, broccoli, and fresh fruit on February 1.

“We are extremely disappointed by this regrettable situation and apologize to the entire Nyack community for the cultural insensitivity displayed by our food service provider,” Johnson wrote.

Aramark has since apologized stating, “We apologize for the unintentional insensitivity shown on February 1, the first day of Black History Month.”

While our menu was not intended as a cultural meal, we acknowledge that the timing was inappropriate, and our team should have been more thoughtful in its service,” the company said.

“This was a mistake and does not represent the values of our company, and we are committed to doing better in the future.”

The university’s Black Student Union described the menu as “problematic due to the inherent stereotypes associated with black people and southern soul food cuisine.” NYU no longer contracts Aramark as its food vendor, according to the university’s website.

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