School Lunch – May 5

I wish I had the answer for how to make our students’ school lunches healthy and economical, but I don’t.  But wouldn’t it be worth it to spend a little extra money so that our students are eating healthy?  Or to give students fresh fruit at breakfast and vegetables with their lunch?

I hope that by giving readers a glimpse of what students actually eat for lunch on a day-to-day basis I can raise awareness about this problem and hopefully help in this process of bringing about healthy changes.

And now on to today’s lunch…I believe this is a meatball sandwich



  1. The school lunch program is a disaster. Thanks for bringing our attention to this. Yucko huh!! xo

  2. Alison Cross Said:

    Are these, seriously, school dinners? Are they Jamie Oliver school dinners?!

  3. mcornelia Said:

    Wow – and we wonder why our society is overweight? Keep up the blog – would be interested to see more! (or maybe horrified is a better word)

  4. Ewww. This just looks gross. How can we do this to our kids? It’s not just the poor, but it’s all kids who attend public school in this country.

    I have a son in second grade in public school. I pack his lunch every day and will continue to do so. He gets white milk (loooooves his milk – 1%), carrot sticks, half a sandwich consisting of light mayo on whole wheat bread with real turkey slices. Other times he gets a pita filled with a salad mixture of sorts grilled chicken and leaf lettuces, mushrooms and diced apple with a tiny bit of lite ranch dressing but not a lot by any means. I also include almonds and sunflower seeds (his faves) and fruit slices, usually apple.

    Another thing that really ticks me off is that at his school, they only give the students about 10 minutes to eat their lunch. Out of the 30 minute lunch period, they’re forced to inhale their lunch. That’s why I only include a half a sandwich. Apparently it takes 10 minutes for them to get there and 10 minutes to get back leaving only 10 minutes to actually eat which is another disheartening trend if you ask me. Also, at my son’s school, they are forced to eat their sandwich or main course first and cannot even drink until they have finished that. Sometimes my son will come home having not even touched his milk. What’s wrong with this picture?

  5. charlie Said:

    What in the world IS that???

  6. Tori Said:

    That is gross and I wouldn’t feed it to my dogs much less my kid. That is the reason we pack lunch with healthy foods nothing pre-processed. We really need to find away to wake up these people to what they are doing to our kids. That lunch should be considered child abuse!

  7. McDanster Said:

    Good on you! Keep it up. If 100x other people followed your example the pressure would make them change. That stuff is horrific, I wouldn’t feed it to a dog. Keep blogging and tweeting. Can we create change….someone somewhere recently said ‘Yes we can!’

  8. Yep,

    My girlfriend is a 3rd grade teacher here in Austin, and we talk about this all the time. I go to various fitness conventions and have heard it stated by numerous medical and fitness professionals that this is going to be the first generation of children largely outlived by their parents. I think it starts with the parents taking action. Thanks for this post.

  9. Freddie Kong Said:

    If you don’t want your child to eat the lunches at school, make their lunch. It takes five minutes to prepare a healthy lunch. Use left overs from the night before.
    To change the lunches at school it will take the efforts of all the parents. You have to start talking with the school boards and schools. Change won’t happen of you keep quiet. Make a stand and others will follow. It only takes one!!! You don’t have to be a Jamie Oliver to make change.

  10. Gavan Murphy Said:

    There’s a lot of work to be done for sure not only with the food but also bringing awareness as well as getting the parents involved. Having the parents on board is crucial to keep the momentum going at home.

  11. Michel The Chef Said:

    So what are you people going to do about the lunches…! They dont look like food to me. Do they put everything in the micro? there has got to be a good chef around your city or town that would like to help.

    • Kim Moucha Said:

      Yep! There aren’t actual cafeterias… which means no oven/stoves.. Just oversized microwaves that the lunch ladies fill with the lunches.. . I would love for a chef to come in! When I bring in fresh veggies (with or without dip) the kids absolutely love it! They will try anything I have for lunch..almonds, trail mixes, yogurt, different granola bars.. What’s worse is that the portions are EXACTLY the same for all kids- from the tiny kindergarten kids to the growing eighth grade boys.. and they better not think about asking for seconds! Something has to change!

  12. allison Said:

    are these actual photos of kids lunches at your school? crazy. my mom never packed me a lunch. i always bought. however, i alway chose healthy options, including fruit, water, and salads. i know that compared to what i eat now they weren’t THAT healthy (i.e canned fruit, iceberg lettuce), but way better than hot lunch! i credit that to my parents for raising me to choose good lunch options. if it doesnt start at home, the kids will never learn to make the right choices. although, if we’re realizing that it WONT start at home, perhaps the schools should be held accountable for teaching those lessons early. such a shame. i once heard a line somewhere: what kind of a society do we live in that a bag of grapes costs more than a bag of chips. its way more expensive to be healthy.

  13. BarbY Said:

    Good for you! Keep up the good work. “Squeaky Wheel gets the grease.” Maybe if enough people stand up and say “I’m not going to take it anymore things will change.”

  14. Allison makes an extremely good point. Fresh costs so much more than processed, it’s ridiculous. The grapes vs. chips is a very good example. Wouldn’t it be great if it was the other way around? Seems like that would be half the battle.

    • allison Said:

      i studied in south africa for 5 months, and a HUGE bag of fresh grapes cost 5 Rand (~$.80). i would carry it around with me all day for something to snack on during class. at the same time, a bag of lays potato chips cost almost double that. while the prices were still cheaper than the states, it was amazing that a tiny bag of chips cost more than the grapes. south africa is filled with gorgeous tall skinny people. coincidence?

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