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This Is What America's School Lunches Really Look Like

Maria Redin

School lunch has never been the stuff of foodie dreams. I'm still haunted by the memory of my elementary school cafeteria's "brain pizza" – a lumpy oval thing topped with fleshy white strips of barely melted mozzarella that clumped together like neurons.

And it looks like America's school cafeterias are still turning out the culinary abominations, judging by the images on , a fascinating online project showcasing school lunch photos submitted by students across the country.

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  • Katrina Angeli

    Fortunately, my school doesn't have it's own cafeteria so we can't have food like this the whole week, but that doesn't mean we have nothing like this. For $4, we get a grease marinated Pizza Hut pizza with something called "Snack Shack" which only has sugary fruit snacks and a but load of cookies. It's sad really, because we don't get P.E either. Why can't schools just have salad and fruit for lunch? They won't have to spend money on other frozen foods and I have not seen anyone who is allergic to vegetables, so why not?

  • Jackie Ramirez

    Wow! I remember my middle school lunches looking very similar to those images, a bit disgusting. With so many movements I've heard of I thought most of them would have gotten better by now but it seems like the fight is much bigger than we all thought.

    I love how this study is giving kids a chance to voice their opinions on their school lunches and providing a tool kit to empower them to transform their school cafeterias. Curious to see who in the school district will be or is the speed bump to this movement.

    • Alessandra Rizzotti

      Ya I love that they're crowdsourcing photos and that the students are involved. This teacher Sarah Burns did something similar with her Fed Up With School Lunch Project- but she herself ate school lunches and took pics of them: