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School Lunches from Around the World

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School Lunch, France

School typically gets back into full swing this month {or early September} for most of our children. After school supply shopping, my mind always turns to their school lunches. While we all know what a typical school lunch looks like here in the states I thought it would be interesting to see what children around the world were eating for their typical school lunches. I’m pretty sure I’d vote for France’s lunch {pictured above} with mussels, artichokes, french fries, yogurt, fruit, bread and dessert ; ) You can find the slideshow after the jump!

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Paula Jones started her blog, Bell'alimento, in 2009 as a place to share her recipes with her friends and family. Along with her delicious recipes being a staple on Babble's Food channel, Jones has been featured on sites such as: Saveur, CNN’s Eatocracy, The Cooking Channel, and The Washington Post.

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9 thoughts on “School Lunches from Around the World

  1. KC Quaretti says:

    Really like your photos! Agree about French school lunches. Lived there when my kids were young and in our town at least, the school lunches were yogurt, healthy main, salad, fruit, dessert!

  2. Denys says:

    One school my kids went 2 started changing their luches n finally decided that 1 choice kids had was…..yogurt with soft pretzel milk or juice…..hello ! what kind of lunch is that…..thats sumin you get while shopping at the mall.

  3. Denys says:

    Anyone remember when school lunches meant that your kids actual got to take a half an hour and have a real meal. you know pizza n a cookie Fridays or Wed. meatloaf with potatoes n greenbeans now its 20 min lunches ( 10 of which is in line) n a lunch like stated above….no wonder are test scores r so poor.

  4. Abby says:

    im 26, so it wasn’t to long ago that i was last in high school. our lunches, i gotta say, were awesome. i went to school in a very small town with a class of less than 100. nothing bad about the big schools around, im just glad i attended a small school, where in my opinion they had more time; and put more effort into what we ate. my son now attends elementary school in the same small town and things haven’t changed a bit. still the same ol down home southern meals being served up. and i agree with denys comment…every school should have atleast a 30 min lunch w/ real food. *hope everyone has a wonderful school year*

  5. DessertForTwo says:

    So interesting!

  6. PAULA says:

    Two points:

    1. Not sure where you got that UK food picture from! State schools’ food not like that at all

    2. I think one of the reasons kids put on weight, apart obs from not exercising enough, is the fact that they are encouraged to rush their food, and do not take time to chew and therefore get used to the signs of fullness.

    The european ones look yummy!

  7. Cathy says:

    The lunch from the Philippines shows roast pork, not breaded chicken. Interesting article!

  8. Dan says:

    Take notice, though: US schools are mainly publicly-run schools. Most other countries are what the US would consider to be “private”, and can therefore afford to put more time and money into the food. In the US, you have low-paid people ordering low-cost (and crappy) food to meet tight budget requirements.

  9. Denise says:

    LOL. That Philippine lunch is neither roast pork nor breaded chicken. It’s what we would call lechon kawali, which is usually prepared by panfrying a slab of boiled pork belly (you can see the skin in the picture).

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