Lunch time at Longview high school is not the same. It looks different and it tastes different. The Lobo cafeteria was remodeled over the summer, now it resembles a college campus cafeteria. Their menus changed too.

LHS cafeteria serving up flavor, variety

Tue Sep 6, 2016

Lunch time at Longview high school is not the same. It looks different and it tastes different. The Lobo cafeteria was remodeled over the summer, now it resembles a college campus cafeteria. Their menus changed too.

Principal James Brewer said students have reached out to him countless times, wanting meals to be better.

"I'd say, 'Hey, things are gonna get better,'" he said. "Just hang in there with me and we'll show you better than we can tell you."

Students have more options to choose what they want for lunch, such as pizza, Mexican food or "Pam's Diner."

Chef Chardee Snoddy is the culinary trainer for the child nutrition department of Longview ISD, She said she used to see students skip lunch. They would have a bag of chips and leave the cafeteria. Snoddy taught the people who work in the cafeteria how to prepare more fresh meals. She strayed away from salty ingredients and pushed for more options to be made from scratch.

"We make our pizzas from scratch now." Snoddy said.

Brewer said, with a laugh, that his students are college-ready in the classroom "as well as when it's time to eat."