School Lunches from Around the World

Foreign Service Life
February 22, 2012

Recently came across a really interesting article showing what school lunches look like in 20 countries around the world.  I thought you might enjoy seeing how different they are.  For the full article, go HERE.  First up, USA, shown above.

A Swedish lunch of potatoes, cabbage, beans, cracker, Lingon Berry juice.

CHINA!  Rice, as I expected.  A whole fish I did not!

KOREA.  A quote from the article, “Most school cafeterias in Korea use sectioned metal trays and there’s a standard way of filling them up. The two biggest sections are for rice, usually served with pickled vegetable kimchi and soup. Smaller compartments there’s usually three of themhold side dishes of vegetables and fish. As for the beverage, kids are given little plastic bottles of sweet yogurt drink, hugely popular in Korea.”

The Philippines.  Yup, that looks exactly about right.

Poor Honduras, that porridge does not look appealing…

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  1. You definitely have been away from the Philippines too long! That plate doesn’t have NEARLY enough rice for a Pinoy! I’d say 3x more rice (filling up that whole section), and maybe half the pork, is more like it…

  2. C says:

    You know…I looked at the full article and there were many countries I would gladly have my daughter trade with than the pics they showed of the USA…

  3. Naomi says:

    Kinda fascinating!

  4. Chris says:

    And we wonder why American children keep getting heavier and heavier . . . Really! Excellent comparison. Hope US school dietitians see this!!

  5. Sarah Novak says:

    Ha! You are right I think Carla…

  6. Sarah Novak says:

    I know, that’s the scary part…

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  8. Sarah Novak says:

    I hope Intl school lunches have a bit more nutrition… :)

  9. Meg says:

    How interesting! I have to say, these look pretty good to me . . . except for the American lunch, haha. I guess that’s 12 years of public school grouching! I’d take the Swedish lunch for sure.

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