As if we didn’t already know school lunches taste bad, now a teacher is spending a year actually eating the lunches and blogging about it. At the moment she’s on day 70 or so of the 180 day school year. From what I’ve seen, her school appears to only serve prepackaged main courses. Here’s her premise:
“It’s very challenging to teach students when they are eating school lunches that don’t give them the nutrition they need and deserve. Oftentimes what is served barely passes muster as something edible. And after a meal high in sugar and fat and low in fiber, they then must pay attention in a classroom.
I’m going to attempt to eat school lunch everyday in 2010. As a teacher it’s available to me as well for a few dollars. Most of the students at my school get free lunch or reduced. I’m going to take pictures of the school lunch and post them.
Normally I shop for organic fruits and veggies. I avoid processed foods and food high in sugar and high fructose corn syrup, but I normally eat food brought from home including leftovers, sandwich, or a “healthy” microwave meal for lunch with yogurt and a piece of fruit.
The reason I’m eating school lunch every day is to raise awareness about school lunch food in America.”
Find an ABC News clip about the blog and an interview with the teacher here.
If you’re interested in this topic you should also check out Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution. You can watch the episodes on your computer.