"That is a disgrace," M.J. Fackler wrote. "Criminals in jail get a better lunch than this! For free!"
"This is a sad sad excuse for a meal, and like you said this could be all a child gets to eat for the day," added Emily Johnson. "This is shameful."
Just hours later, the St. Cloud Area School District addressed the complaints in its own Facebook post.
"Oops! We goofed," the post read. "Tried a new menu item today at lunch and we hear it was not a winner! Going forward, we will gather input from our students on new menu options. Thanks for the feedback!"
Although the district clarified that the item was just one of the menu choices for the day, that didn't seem to appease many of the system's social media followers.
"A choice?" replied Dezarae Denis Ritter. "No, it's barf on a plate."
"This cannot even qualify as a balanced meal, can it?" asked Mike Abraham. "I know this for sure, any more 'new menu' items that resemble this garbage, and I'll be pursuing a refund for the balance left in our food account."
But some didn't understand what all the fuss was about.
"These were called Italian Dunkers when I was in school," Erica Moon wrote. "You guys were just missing the meat. This was one of my favorite lunches back in the day. Kids today just don't appreciate the classics."
And others were willing to give the district the benefit of the doubt.
"Thanks for being real and using the 'mistake' to get further input," Shawn Butterfield Gombos wrote. "We've all tried new recipes that flop ... it happens!"
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