APS cafeteria workers complain about deplorable conditions

ATLANTA -- Cafeteria workers at Atlanta Public Schools sounded off at a school board meeting on Monday about conditions they say are deplorable.

Parents, employees and students packed the APS meeting as cafeteria workers and labor union leaders described horrible conditions inside school lunchrooms.

In a statement, a spokesperson for APS said all cafeteria sites have passed inspection this year and are in compliance with health guidelines.

In their complaints, the union identified only 14 of the district's 105 schools as having problems.

One former cafeteria worker at Cleveland Elementary showed 11Alive's Blayne Alexander pictures she claimed were taken in the school showing roach infestation, rodent droppings and improperly cleaned equipment.

Carolyn Broughton said she took the pictures to protect the students.

"I tried to show them that this is what was there when they said the school was clean," she said.

Forest Hills Cafeteria Manager Dianna Evans said that children in her school never ate unhealthy food despite the conditions. Evans said her crews had to work extra hard to keep conditions sanitary for students.

In a statement, a spokesperson for APS pointed to a dispute between cafeteria workers and Sodexo, the food service management company contracted to work with the district. Workers say there is no such dispute.


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