I do not have fond memories of the school lunches I had as a kid. There was always some kind of protein that was of a questionable origin, vegetables that had been completely overcooked, and some sort of soggy starch, like fries or mushy rice. Those meals of mine were decades ago, but it appears times have not changed.
With all our current collective knowledge about nutrition, the issues with the consumption of junk food, and the power of fruits and vegetables in a growing body, you’d think the quality of school lunches being offered to our children would catch up to what we know.
Fed Up, an arm of Dosomething.org (their goal is to “make the world suck less”), is bringing attention to this school lunch issue. They are asking students nationwide to send in photos of their school meals from the good, the bad, and the ugly in order to “show us the true state of school lunch in the US.” They will take these images and data, and “a report will be distributed to school districts across the country, as well as school nutrition advocates to be used as a tool to make a case for better school lunches in your cafeteria.”
They also urge students to advocate for themselves, giving pointers on starting a conversation with their own schools and lunchroom heads. The fine folks at Fed Up created a very useful advocacy kit, which really is a must-read for any young person that has issues with what their schools are serving them.
Check out some of the images that students have sent in so far:
Photo Source: FedUp and DoSomething.org