Mom Says She Was 'Lunch Shamed' by School for Packing Oreos for Daughter

Leeza Pearson was out of fruit and vegetables one day last week, so she tucked a pack of Oreos in her daughter Natalee's lunch and sent her off to school at the Children's Academy in Aurora, Colorado.

Pearson said she was stunned when her 4-year-old came home later in the day with the cookies untouched and a sternly worded note from the school.

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School serves 6-year-old meat to TN students

Meat dating to the year of President Obama’s first inauguration was served to students in some Hawkins County, Tennessee schools last week.

Hawkins County Commissioner Michael Herrell was alerted after a cafeteria worker sent him a photo of the pork roast they used for school meals was from 2009.

The 6-year-old meat had been frozen and then was thawed for meal preparation.

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What are your thoughts?

Russian Boy Keeps a Photo Journal of His School Lunches

This is pretty neat. This Russian boy posting school lunches every day for about 8 months.

Malawi School Lunch - Nsima and Beans

Country: Malawi

Contents: Nsima (equivalent to finely ground grits), kidney beans, and African cabbage

Source: Rebecca M.

Notes: "Here’s the lunch we served in school in Malawi, in a little village a few hours outside of Lilongwe called Chim’wang’ombe. Their lunch is nsima (which is equivalent to finely ground grits), kidney beans, and African cabbage (which has a pleasant spicy bite to it). Each child shares a plate of food with one other child."

Russia School Lunch - Pelmeni

Country: Russia

Contents: Pelmeni and ketchup

Source: Елена М

Notes:Елена states that his is from her son's school, in Russia. Pelmeni are dumplings consisting of a filling wrapped in thin, unleavened dough.The filling can be minced meat (pork, lamb, beef, or any other kind of meat), fish, or mushrooms. The mixing together of different kinds of meat is also popular.

USA School Lunch - Grilled Cheese

Country: USA (PA)

Contents: Toasted cheese sandwich, applesauce, milk

Source: Kelsey E.

Notes: That cheese looks rather unlike cheese.

Japan School Lunch - Soup and Salad

Country: Japan

Contents: Gobo (burdock root) and carrot salad with tuna, bread with kinako (roasted soybean) powder, and chicken/cabbage soup with noodles.

Source: Charron O.

Notes: I am an American living in Nishi-ku Kobe, Japan and have been volunteering my time with my Japanese friend to give 20-60 min beginners English presentations. Last week I had the pleasure of joining a 4th grade class in Okubo, Japan for lunch.

School Lunches from Around the World - Distractify

Distractify has some school lunches from around the world. Italy looks great.

About 32 million children in the US eat cafeteria school lunches every day. As a nation with a childhood obesity epidemic, Sweetgreen—an organization that seeks to battle childhood obesity and promote healthy eating habits for children—decided to take a look at what these kids actually have for lunch at school. The organization also takes a look at the school lunches that children from around the world typically eat, to further examine where America falls in comparison.

Canada School Lunch - Turkey Sandwich

Country: Canada

Contents: Turkey Sandwich, veggies, granola bar, peanut butter energy bites, grapefruit juice

Source: Kenda M.

Notes: Just like school lunches, packed lunches can be fantastic, like this one, or terrible, like some others I've posted

Pork Sandwich and Chips

Country: USA

Contents: Pork patty sandwich, BBQ flavored potato chips, Rice Krispies Treat. apple, slice of cantaloupe, beans.

Source: Chrissy S.

Notes: "Our school was "pushing" to send your kids to school for the summer lunch program to ensure they received a healthy lunch even when school was out. I'm still trying to figure out what is nutricious about this lunch."

USA School Lunch - Hummus

Country: USA

Contents: Hummus, pita, celery, baby carrots, red pepper, apple

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: Healthy? Absolutely. Balanced? What are your thoughts? No dairy, no meat. But, I'm sure it comes with milk, and you get protein from the beans and the milk.

USA School Lunch - Mac and Cheese


Country: USA

Contents: Mac and Cheese, wheat roll, iceberg salad, orange slices, grapes, green beans.

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: Lots of fruits and veggies, some starch, some protein, looks good!

USA School Lunch - Chicken Tacos

Country: USA

Contents: Chicken tacos, sour cream, corn and peppers, iceberg salad, shredded cheese, banana, and skim milk.

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: Lots of chicken! That's great!

USA School Lunch - Bento

Country: USA

Contents: Melba toast, pomegranate seeds, one Trader Joes dark chocolate sea salted caramel square, sweet potato chocolate chip cookie. Bottom is spinach artichoke dip, Wegmans chicken salad, caprese salad, mini sausages, turkey slice, sharp cheddar cheese.

Source: Nicole J.

Notes: "Lunch for my teen in her lunchbot container." That's one lucky child. My mom gave me PB&J when I was a kid.

USA School Lunch - Chili with Cheese

Country: USA

Contents: Chili with cheese, greens, salad with cucumber and tomato, skim milk and cheesy potatoes (?)

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: I love greens. Some collard or mustard greens, cooked in chicken broth, with some brown sugar and chili flakes. Mmm-mmmm. My kids love them too!

What's For School Lunch on TV's The List

Take a look at this video. I was on TV's "The List" for about 1.5 seconds, talking about school lunch. Does that make me famous? Yes, yest it does.


USA School Lunch - Chicken Wrap

Country: USA

Contents: Chicken wrap with a whole wheat tortilla, spinach, red pepper, chicken and dressing, baby carrots, apple, and skim milk.

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: As an adult I find this appealing, I wonder if the kids did as well?

USA School Lunch - Stir Fry

Country: USA

Contents: Banana, orange slices, snap peas, stir fry with broccoli, red pepper and beef, rice, low fat milk.

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: Lots of fruits and veggies, protein, starch, dairy. Looks good!

USA School Lunch - Salad

Country: USA

Contents: Salad with cauliflower, tomato, greens and red onion (?)

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: I'm going to assume that this is not the entire lunch, but a delicious and nutritious part of one. I think kids need more than just salad. The addition of some protein, or adding a starch like a roll, will help fill them.

USA School Lunch - Chicken Bok Choy

Country: USA

Contents: Chicken Bok Choy a sweet/spicy stir fry of locally grown BokChoy Cabbage, Maui Pineapples & Onions, papaya, banana, milk

Source: @VSASLunchLady from Volcano School of Arts and Sciences

Notes:Wow, that looks gourmet!

USA School Lunch - Steak Salad


Country: USA

Contents: Salad with steak and cheese, cucumbers in sauce, apple, wheat roll and tapioca pudding (?)

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: I'm a sucker for tapioca. Love seeing Romaine, rather than Iceberg.

USA School Lunch - Beef and Broccoli

Country: USA

Contents: Beef and Broccoli, rice, clementines, milk, cucumbers

Source: @VSASLunchLady from The Volcano School of Arts and Sciences

Notes: She said the kids loved it. Big portions!

USA School Lunch - Chicken Burrito


Country: USA

Contents: Chicken burritos, shredded cheese, Spanish rice, pineapple, toppings

Source: Kelsey, from the Environmental Charter School, Pittsburgh, PA

Notes: That chicken looks pretty good!

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.