The 'Lunch Guy'
SALEM – Saturday Night Live has the 'Lunch Lady'; the Oregon House of Representatives has the "Lunch Guy."
"Rep. Brian Clem is known as the 'Lunch Guy' in the Legislature, not because he is a robust user of the member lounge, not because he reminds all of us of the Chris Farley skit of the 'Lunch Lady' but, because he has worked tirelessly to make sure that our kids have access to free lunches with his farm-to-school programs," House Minority Leader Mike McLane, R-Powell Butte, said.
McLane made the comment May 25 during a hearing on a bill he and Clem co-sponsored to ban "lunch shaming," the practice of singling out a pupil whose parents have failed to pay school lunch dues.
McLane noted the resemblance again Wednesday, June 14, when he presented the bill on the House floor. The bill passed unanimously.
Before speaking in favor of the bill, Clem thanked McLane for reminding him of his childhood when Clem's older brother would talk about his weight.
"I can give you a rendition of Adam Sandler's Lunch Lady and including the tagline of, 'Sloppy Joe, Slop Sloppy Joe,' but won't, and will instead, stick to the bill," Clem quipped, with unfazed good humor.
"For those of you who have helped with farm-to-school over the years, we really want kids to have fresh, nutritious, ideally Oregon-grown lunches," Clem continued. "It's particularly awkward when your parent hasn't paid the bill, and you get stigmatized for it, so let's keep it between the school accounting office and the parent and leave the poor kid out of it."