Student Ben Morreale, however, had no problem with the menu and says the uproar
was an overreaction.
“What I thought of is if it was Italian-American Month and you wanted to celebrate with
food, you’d have sausage and nobody would have a problem with that,” he said.
In a statement, District Superintendent Thomas A. Smith apologized, saying that the menu was chosen by the district's food service vendor.
The vendor’s vice president Cathy Penna wrote to NJ.com that one of the directors worked with the high school to create a menu that would celebrate Black History Month, and that the company tries to offer diverse menus in respect of different cultures.
“The suggestion was to do something to celebrate soul food,” Penna wrote. “The director at this location never intended to do anything that would offend anyone and deeply regrets the decision and understands that it could have been taken out of context.”