What School Lunches Around The World Look Like

Let’s Take a Look at these School Lunches

Sweetgreen, a set of restaurants, decided to compare what schoolchildren eat for lunch around the world. In their research, a series of photographs of the typical lunch kids are given in the cafeteria.  In most countries, schools try to give kids a portion of healthy food.  It’s fascinating to see the different approaches various countries take depending on their culture and climate.  Here are some photographs of delicious meals served to children.

Italyschool lunch

Fish on arugula, pasta with tomato sauce, Caprese salad, baguette, and grapes.


Franceschool lunch

Steak, carrots, green beans, cheese, and fresh fruit.


South Koreaschool lunch

Fish soup, tofu over rice, kimchi, and fresh vegetables.

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Fried popcorn chicken, mashed potatoes, peas, fruit cup, chocolate chip cookie.

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Baked chicken over orzo, stuffed grape leaves, tomato-and-cucumber salad, fresh oranges, yogurt with pomegranate seeds.

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Pea soup, beets, carrot salad, bread, pannakkau (dessert pancake), and fresh berries.

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Sautéed shrimp, brown rice, vegetables, gazpacho, fresh peppers, bread, and orange.

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Pork with mixed vegetables, black beans, and rice, salad, bread, and baked plantains.

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Which is the largest school lunch program in the world?

Of the numerous charitable companies that offer school lunches, Akshaya Patra—which means "bottomless pot"—is currently the largest. From kitchens like this one, as effective and productive as any in the world, it feeds 1.3 million kids every day.

What country serves the healthiest school lunch?

As a result of serving students foods like miso soup with pork, rice with grilled fish, milk, and dried fruit for dessert, Japan has one of the lowest obesity rates in the world.

Why are school lunches in America so unhealthy?

Most meals don't use fresh fruits and vegetables or aren't made from scratch. Instead, food is prepared elsewhere or frozen, then heated before being served. This method of food preparation results in meals that are sadly unpleasant and far from fresh.

Why do students hate school lunches?

The biggest excuse given by students skipping lunch is that they don't like the food, but there are other reasons as well, including large lines, feeling rushed, and running out of time.

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