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A tragic free school lunch has left a dad fuming over shrivelled chicken nuggets and "dry-looking carrots".
Chris Vangellow kicked off on Facebook after his son sent him a snap of his school meal, which he said would not provide sufficient energy for sport in the afternoon.
The dad accused Parishville-Hopkinton Central School District, New York, of 'failing' students by serving up such 'unappetising' food.
According to Chris, pupils at the school say lunch portions have been slashed since they became free for everyone.
In a photo shared on social media by Chris, his son's lunch tray included four measly chicken nuggets, a helping of plain white rice, eight stumpy dry-looking carrots, and a small carton of fat-free chocolate milk.
Chris wrote on Facebook last week: "I think the Parishville School Lunches might be a bit lacking a bit. even for a kid that isn't 6'5 like Ash. If this was a game day I don't think any of the team would be getting enough energy from something like this."
"When Auryn came through he didn't even see any dry tasteless carrots available. He also chose not to have any of the plain rice as a side because that is not very appetising either".
This was not the first instance whereby the lunchtime offering has come under criticism from students, Chris says.
He continued: "They have been complaining that since the lunches are now free for everyone, the portions have dropped. I got this photo today. It really is ridiculous. "
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Clearly expecting a degree of backlash from his post for sounding ungrateful, Chris said some children rely on the school's lunches to get by.
He added: "Don't come at me with the 'you get what you pay for' or ''just send them with food'' crap either. Yeah we can do that and sometimes the kids do choose to bring something from home or will buy extra lunch to get more in them to get them through a day.
"The problem is that not all families can do that. We don't live in a very rich area. Some kids may not get much or anything when at home and this is what they have to survive on. The rely on the meals that the school provides. This is what they get though. In my opinion, this is failing those kids."
Superintendent William E. Collins addressed the complaint and acknowledged "many students and parents are dissatisfied with school lunches."
But he told Fox News: "In fairness to the cafeteria, students are allowed one more serving of fruits or vegetables and one additional nugget than appeared in the photograph."
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