Diabetic Girl Served Pizza from the Trash

A Utah mom is outraged after she learned school lunch staff fed her daughter pizza that had been placed in a garbage can.

The eighth-grader at Pleasant Grove Junior High has learning disabilities and suffers from diabetes. Wednesday, after taking an insulin dose to account for the pizza, she went to the cafeteria only to be told the meal was gone.

Alpine School District officials said the 10-minute bell had rung and the lunch staff had already cleaned up most of the food. The girl insisted on having pizza until the lunch manager offered her some leftovers that had already been thrown away.

Inside School Food

Inside_school_food_website_tileWhat's for School Lunch was discussed on the season finale of Inside School Food. You can listen to the whole episode here. It really is a great show, with a lot of interesting information. Thanks to Laura Stanley for the mention and support.

The Besty's Favorite Restaurants List

What's For School Lunch is now featured on The Besty's! I have listed some of my favorite local eating spots. Check it out here!

Brazil School Lunch - Ground Meat & Veggies

Country: State school in Itaim Paulista - SP Brazil
Contents: Rice and beans, ground meat, shredded veggies on top, water.
Notes: Looks like taco salad. Yum!
Source: Elizabeth R. Via our Facebook page https://m.facebook.com/profile.php?id=202874743065056

Kids are Accepting Healthier School Lunches

So supposedly Kids are Accepting Healthier School Lunches. While this would certainly be good news, I do have a couple concerns about the legitimacy of the claim. First, it is a non scientific survey. Second, the kids were not polled, school leaders were polled. The results are based on whether or not the school leaders perceive the kids as being more accepting or not. So it seems rather subjective and from a narrow perspective. What are your thoughts? Are your kids enjoying the new school lunches?

Singapore School Lunch - Rice and Slaw

Country: Singapore
Contents: Rice, fruit (?), meat (?), slaw.
Source: Mei
Notes: The submitter didn't mention what was included. She describes it as "medium sized balanced meal."

Ukraine School Lunch - Soup and Noodles

Country: Buchach, Ukraine

Contents:Soup, macaroni, pickle, bread, sliced hot dog

Source: Lacey

Notes: Nothing fancy, but diverse and nutritious. I'd like to try the hot dog.

Ukraine School Lunch - Soup and Potatoes

Country: Buchach, Ukraine (primary and secondary school)

Contents:Soup with potatoes, buckwheat, cutleta (sausage patty), and a pickle.

Source: Lacey

Notes: "I'm a TEFL Peace Corps volunteer serving in Ukraine. This lunch came from the school I teach at."

Thailand School Lunch White Rice, Chicken, Egg and Green Beans

Country: Thailand

Contents: It is white rice, chicken, green beans and a fried egg.

Source: Emmely (The Netherlands)

Notes: "This picture is from back in 2009, when I was visiting the refugee camps in Thailand together with 7 other ambassadors for ZOA refugee care. This is a lunch prepared by students in the refugee camps who took cooking classes in their school. It was delicious!"

USA School Lunch - Chicken Noodel Soup

Country: USA

Contents: Chicken noodle soup, apple slices, herbed baby carrots, and a garden salad.

Source: Kyle S

Notes: I would probably leave the lunchroom a little hungry, but I'm an adult. This is certainly much healthier than many of the other USA lunches previously posted.

Hogie and Carrots


Country: USA (Portland, OR)
Contents: Small hogie sandwich, string cheese, carrots, and apple slices.
Source: B.C.
Notes: This is a homemade lunch for her boy in kindergarten.

New Obama School Lunch Regulations

Students Criticize Michelle Obama's School Lunch Regulations.
What are your thoughts on the new regulations? What have your children said? I work with kids and a lot of them have reported being very hungry.

USA School Lunch - Chili

Country: USA (Summer Day Camp)

Contents: Chilli, three bean salad, corn, V-8 Fusion 100% juice and sour cream

Source: Anonymous

Notes: Mmm, chili. For some reason my wife won't let us have chili in the summer, she says it is a winter food. Nope, it's delicious year round. Also, I just got those V-8 Fusions, and they have a full serving of fruit and a full serving of veggies per can.

USA School Lunch - Beef Patty

Country: USA (Summer Day Camp)

Contents: Brown rice with almond slivers, beef patty, orange slices, mayonnaise and broccoli

Source: Anonymous

Notes: Looks healthier and tastier than a lot of school lunches.

USA School Lunch - Hamburger

Country: USA (Summer Day Camp)

Contents: Hamburger, orange slices, salad bar, and carrots

Source: Anonymous

Notes: I wish they had a cheap summer day camp for my 3 year old... :)

South Korea School Lunch - Rice and Kimchi

Country: South Korea

Contents: Lettuce, orange, rice, kimchi, soondubu jigae(soup) and bulgogi (meat).

Source: Johanna

Notes: I'd like to try real kimchi. I've only ever had it at a Chinese buffet and it was horrible. I'm sure the real stuff is delicious.

Strange Lunches from Japan

Leila from Ilubgrub.com has posted a couple of strange school lunches she had recently in Japan, check them out here.

USA School Lunch - Egg Salad Sandwich

Country: USA (New York)

Contents: Sliced egg sandwiches with cheese, cucumber and mustard, Reese's Peanut Butter Cup and mini vanilla yogurt (not pictured)

Source: Rachel

Notes: "I'm a graduate student in Parsons NYC; to save money, I tend to pack lunches for myself. I like to make quick lunches that can be all packed into one box, and each lunch costs me around $1.25~$2.00 (since I buy ingredients seasonally, and buy bulk and at cheaper places). I hope more college students realize that living cheaply doesn't mean eating badly/Ramen all the time; it's very easy to do both and if you cook weekly and portion it out you don't need to keep making things everyday."

USA School Lunch - Cucumber Salad

Country: USA (New York)

Contents: Cold cucumber and sesame pasta with oil, vinegar, pepper vinaigrette and sliced cheese; boiled egg and chocolate chip cookies wrapped in tinfoil

Source: Rachel

Notes: "I'm a graduate student in Parsons NYC; to save money, I tend to pack lunches for myself. I like to make quick lunches that can be all packed into one box, and each lunch costs me around $1.25~$2.00 (since I buy ingredients seasonally, and buy bulk and at cheaper places). I hope more college students realize that living cheaply doesn't mean eating badly/Ramen all the time; it's very easy to do both and if you cook weekly and portion it out you don't need to keep making things everyday."

USA School Lunch - Rice and Chicken

Country: USA (New York)

Contents: Rice with poached chicken, homemade hot sauce, cucumber chunks, cilantro

Source: Rachel

Notes: "I'm a graduate student in Parsons NYC; to save money, I tend to pack lunches for myself. I like to make quick lunches that can be all packed into one box, and each lunch costs me around $1.25~$2.00 (since I buy ingredients seasonally, and buy bulk and at cheaper places). I hope more college students realize that living cheaply doesn't mean eating badly/Ramen all the time; it's very easy to do both and if you cook weekly and portion it out you don't need to keep making things everyday."

USA School Lunch Tomato Chutney

Country: USA (New York)

Contents: Rice with ham & cheese; furikake sprinkles (seaweed sprinkles); homemade tomato chutney, sliced cucumber

Source: Rachel

Notes: "I'm a graduate student in Parsons NYC; to save money, I tend to pack lunches for myself. I like to make quick lunches that can be all packed into one box, and each lunch costs me around $1.25~$2.00 (since I buy ingredients seasonally, and buy bulk and at cheaper places). I hope more college students realize that living cheaply doesn't mean eating badly/Ramen all the time; it's very easy to do both and if you cook weekly and portion it out you don't need to keep making things everyday."

USA School Lunch - Rice Ball

Country: USA (Central Florida High School)

Contents: See notes below

Source: Elizabeth E.

Notes: "This is actually a picture from a year ago that I took because it was legitimately one of the worst things I had ever been served. I'm not sure what it was supposed to be, but it ended up as a ball of rice packed so absurdly tight that no grains were discernible and the sauce (which was awful and sweet) couldn't get through. The main entree also had mushrooms and some sort of chicken product on it. It was served with celery and carrots with low-fat ranch dressing and apple juice from concentrate."

Japan School Lunch - Mabo Tofu

Country: Japan

Contents: Mabo Tofu, fish cake, apple, boiled quail egg, beef w/bean sprouts and rice with salmon.

Source: Jevinj

Notes: School Lunch at a pre-school in Japan. The kids are aged 1-6yrs old. The pictures are of the "teachers" lunch; the kids are exactly the same just with a lot less rice and smaller portions.

Japan School Lunch - Nikkujagga

Country: Japan

Contents: Rice w/konbu (a sweet seaweed), nikkujagga (beef with veggies), omelette, sausage, potato puff, and apple.

Source: Jevinj

Notes: School Lunch at a pre-school in Japan. The kids are aged 1-6yrs old. The pictures are of the "teachers" lunch; the kids are exactly the same just with a lot less rice and smaller portions.

Japan School Lunch - Rice with Nori

Country: Japan

Contents: Rice w/nori (seaweed), hamburgers, fried chicken, the ball looking thing is boiled slimy potato, corn and radish salad and pasta under the hamburgers, and a tomato.

Source: Jevinj

Notes: School Lunch at a pre-school in Japan. The kids are aged 1-6yrs old. The pictures are of the "teachers" lunch; the kids are exactly the same just with a lot less rice and smaller portions.