In Pakistan, they frown upon junk food as a lunch option.
Back in 2014, the Associated Press decided to go out and see how school lunches in the US stack up against those served around the world.
They sent their photographers to Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America. The photographers found that while most schools abroad don’t actually sell lunch, the ones that do put a “premium” on feeding their students healthy meals.
Unlike in the US, students were more likely to go home for lunch or bring a home-cooked meal.
PARIS, FRANCE: Pike fish, green beans, and Paris mushrooms.
LAMBERSART, FRANCE: Another fancy lunch includes rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread. And a salad with celery and carrots, an orange, and a doughnut.
BAMAKO, MALI: Fried donuts, although most students go home to eat.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: Potatoes and an empanada of Milanesa meat.
BUENOS AIRES, ARGENTINA: A lunch box containing rice with chicken Milanesa — chicken covered with egg and bread.
BARCELONA, SPAIN: This lunch is composed of cream of vegetable soup, pan-fried breast of veal with salad, a piece of bread. And an orange or banana, and water.
MADRID, SPAIN: Another Spanish lunch consists of an omelet, vegetable soup, banana yogurt, and water.
LONDON, ENGLAND: The meal on the right consists of pasta, fresh broccoli, slices of bread, and seasonal fresh fruit. The other option is vegetable chili with rice and fresh broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana.
OLD HAVANA, CUBA: Rice, chicken croquette, a piece of taro root, yellow pea soup, fried plantains and an orange drink.
QUITO, ECUADOR: This packed lunch consists of a ham, cheese, tomato, and lettuce sandwich. And a boxed oatmeal drink, and an apple.
SINGAPORE: The school’s kitchen staff prepares bowls of salad to promote healthy eating. Snacks served between meals consist of fruits, homemade bread, natural beans, soup, and barley.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Rice, meatball soup, tofu, and vegetables.
JAKARTA, INDONESIA: Students also buy pancakes on the street for the equivalent of one cent.
NABLUS, WEST BANK: Sandwiches brought from home consist of pita bread stuffed with olive oil and zaatar. “A mixture of herbs and spices”.
JAMMU, INDIA: Children stand in line to receive a free mid-day meal made of sweetened rice at a government school.
JAMMU, INDIA: This homemade lunch contains flatbread, a turnip dish, and mangoes.
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN: Most of the children have home-cooked food for lunch, such as eggs, chicken nuggets, bread, rice, or noodles. Others have vegetables, minced mutton, or beef prepared and cooked at home the night before.
RAWALPINDI, PAKISTAN: More lunch plates on display. “If we discover that a child has junk food, we ask his or her parents to please make a little effort for their child’s health,” says the school’s principal.
SEATTLE, US: A grilled cheese sandwich on whole grain bread is served with a southwestern-style corn salad, fresh carrots, and either canned pears or applesauce.
SEATTLE, US: Another lunch option at the same school is a salad with low-sodium chicken, a whole-grain roll, fresh red peppers, peas, corn, and beans with cilantro dressing.
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