Church's pizza giveaway irks Seattle school cafeteria workers

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Via KOMO News: Since last fall, members of the Bethany Community Church in Seattle’s Green Lake neighborhood have been handing out free slices of pizza at lunch time, but not everyone is happy with the gesture.
“It takes about 10 minutes to get rid of 40 large pizzas,” said youth pastor Nick Steinloski. Steinloski said the pizza giveaway is about connecting kids with adults who care about them. “We are not telling them a Bible story before they get pizza,” he said.
At two slices per student, serving 250 students at each school, he estimates the church spends $600 a week on pizza.
The church serves the pizza just off campus at Nathan Hale, Ingraham, and Roosevelt high schools. It’s once a week, just off campus at each school. A spokeswoman for the Seattle School Districts says the church notified them of the giveaway and it was “ok” with it.
But the union representing the district’s cafeteria workers is not ok with it.
“Last week we got a call from a union,” said Steinloski. “They said we were taking away a job, hours from employees at school in the kitchen because kids weren’t buying lunch.”
He says a union representative left a voice mail on the church’s answering machine claiming handing out free pizza was irresponsible and costing people who serve the food their livelihood, accusing the church of doing whatever it took to proselytize to the students.
“He said that if we stop serving them pizza, we would start serving them drugs,” said Steinloski. “I felt intimidated by that message.”
The business manager for the union confirmed he has complained to the church. Dave Westberg says the union figures the free pizza is replacing roughly 500 purchased meals each week, and that is equal to 20 labor hours. Westberg says workers’ jobs are based on how many meals are sold. If fewer meals are sold, fewer workers are needed to prepare them.
We asked students what they would eat if there wasn’t free pizza. “If they didn’t have free pizza, I’d go home for lunch,” said one Nathan Hale High School student. “I’d buy food from the cafeteria,” said another student.

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Nathan Hale High School allows sophomores, juniors and seniors to leave campus for lunch. “That’s why it really doesn’t make sense,” said Malik Johnson, another Nathan Hale student. “Because if we can go down the street and get food from a restaurant, why can’t we come out here and get free pizza that people want to give to us?”
Feeling pressure, the church will change its routine to serving free pizza after school instead of during lunch so there’s no competition with lunchtime sales. “We do care about the workers, we care about the immigrant workers and those working here at the school,” said Steinloski.
Westberg says he hopes the church will adhere to its promise. “We are presuming honesty on pastor Nick’s part that they will stop serving during lunch,” said Westberg. “If they don’t stop we will be picketing.”
For Nathan Hale junior Tajon Williams, the issue wasn’t about lost jobs, it was about eating better pizza. “If they would cook it a little better, then they would have students up there eating, you know what I’m saying?” Williams said.
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MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

“the church will change its routine to serving free pizza after school instead of during lunch so there’s no competition with lunchtime sales. ”
kids will just wait until after school to eat lunch….not even mooch would eat the crap that school is serving.
the school’s lunch would make a nice going away present for mooch

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

MomOfIV . . . I heartily agree. If given a choice between the cold “food” in that Styrofoam container and two pieces of hot pizza . . . I certainly would go for the pizza. Many, many people would prefer a “hot” meal for lunch . . . when I was in grade school, the lunches were called “hot lunch” which denoted the school lunch from a cold lunch brought from home. If that picture is representational of what is being served to school attendees–it’s little wonder they just don’t want to buy school lunches. (It irks me that the… Read more »

MomOfIV
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MomOfIV

very true Auntie…I like the saying “if you build it, they will come”. It holds true for school lunches as well….if the schools provide better quality food, the students will eat. Prisoners get better food than that crap they dish out to students. Apparently, their contracts are all that matters to them even if it means using quality money to provide poor quality food. Students are just numbers…for their paychecks.
I do wish more students brought their own lunch from home that was wholesome and nutritious instead of relying on government food or pizza.

cs
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cs

I can understand the concern of the union rep, but saying they would serve them DRUGS?
Sick.
So let them eat their pizza later but you know this thug won’t be satisfied with that either.
The new battleground is the school. Parents be forewarned.

Hadenoughalready
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Hadenoughalready

This insanity is unfathomable…and it’s only getting worse by the day. I’ll be so glad when the games, finally, begin and these morons are “dealt with”.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

Why Democrats want to arm all the bureaucracies and keep people from having green tip ammo and evil “assault weapons”…comment image

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

I guess I have to show my ignorance . . . but what is “green tip” ammo? Is it the same as “stingers” or piercing ammo?

Anonymous
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Technically, 5.56mm M855 Ball “green tip” ammunition is semi-armor piercing… meaning that it has a steel penetrating tip inside the nose of its bullet “slug” to maintain its ability to do damage at long ranges like older 7.62mm (larger, heavier) bullets it replaced. (In fully “armor piercing” ammo, the slug is built around a full steel core so the bullet can punch through steel plate at relatively close ranges– that’s “black tip” ammo, which comes with a black tip to identify it.) Original M16 ammo (5.56mm M193 Ball) has a regular old slug (brass jacketed lead) without a steel tip… Read more »

jack burton
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jack burton

Please tell me how a picture of a gun has any relevance to a church giving away free food.

Anonymous
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Anonymous

SEIU must organize the cafeteria workers or something…comment image

truckjunkie
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Why does it not surprise me that this happens in Seattle? Why couldn’t they work together on this? If the Church would take the pizza to the cafeteria and have it dispensed there,the school lunch people are covered,the kids get their free pizza and the union is covered.

Auntie Lulu
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Auntie Lulu

There is no way the schools union would go for that. If it weren’t this issue for this union–they no doubt would find something else to belly ache about.

Steven Broiles
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As a former NYC public school teacher, I can tell you this: Every time there’s a problem between labor and management, the UFT ALWAYS sides with management. It’s all one big fat con.
After all, competition, said John D. Rockefeller, is a sin!

Seumas
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Seumas

“wah wah dey dook ur jerbs” How about the cafeterias serve real food instead of the low-quality prison food? Oh right that might actually help students think better, have better mental aptitude from having something with some actual nutritional value, and flavor, they can’t have that.
Notice the cowardice on the union’s part, picking the church to take shots at, in all likelihood because they know that the established business could probably put up a defense, and that picking a fight with the businesses would also put them in conflict with other unions.

Dave
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Dave

Feeling pressure, the church will change its routine to serving free pizza after school instead of during lunch so there’s no competition with lunchtime sales.
That’s exactly the sort of cave-in that has to stop.
As for the goonion cafeteria workers, they should be arrested and charged with child abuse for serving that awful slop.
-Dave