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Lunches in Different Countries

School Lunches Around the World

The National School Lunch Act was put into place in 1946, by President Harry Truman.

Truman probably didn’t imagine that one day school lunches would consist of chicken fingers, soggy pizza, and moldy cheese. Nutrition activists have and will continue to try and push schools to provide healthier foods for their students, but for some we can’t help but wonder what lunches are like in other countries in other schools.

Chili dog with cheese, french fries, and milk.

In Italy a majority of the schools use organic ingredients for their lunches that are grown near by.

Their meals are usually focused around pasta or risotto, with meat only served a few times a week and salad served as a separate course. Snacks are also a big deal in Italy consisting of packed candies and cakes placing Italy above the U.S. in obese children.

Local fish on a bed of arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, caprese salad, baguette and some grapes.

A majority of the schools in Kenya serve a mixture of beans and dried corn to their students. Students line up with plastic bowls and are served a serving of the mixture from a huge pot. Being served the same thing everyday has a different effect on everyone, either you love or you hate the mixture.

Most schools in Korea use sectioned metal trays to proportion their lunches, having certain sections for certain items. The biggest sections are used for rice, which is usually served with pickled vegetables and soup. The smaller sections of the tray are used to serve vegetables and fish.

In France school lunches are taken very seriously and are similar to what adults would eat. A week’s menu

at a French school might consist of veal scallops mareng, hake with lecom sauce, and lam with paprika. Fresh bread and salad are included at every meal with fruits and yogurt served for dessert.

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