Foul, Nasty School Lunch!

A closer look at what school children are eating!

“Light Alternative” aka Vegetarian Option.

I haven’t really done random blogs yet, but I think I should start because we are offered a lot of different alternatives daily.  Our school doesn’t really have a “Vegetarian Option”, just a “light alternative”.  This normally consists of carrots, fruit (an orange or apple,) graham crackers, and peanuts.  Although it seems healthy, it isn’t filling whatsoever.  I have a vegetarian friend who practically starves everyday because of the lack of food she receives.  Everyday it’s either this or a salad, which is about as filling as the alternative.  I think it’s ridiculous that most schools don’t offer full vegetarian meals, at least to the students who request it.  If your child was a vegetarian, would you want them to eat this everyday?


April 16, 2010 - Posted by | Lunch, Student Opinion


  1. That is nasty!
    Believe me as a parent I am angry, so angry Ive taken on my school district. Enough is enough. Started a similar thing and was also inspired my Mrs Q!
    Good luck and forge forward…don’t let anyone stop you!

    Comment by Peta | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  2. Man, those are some dry-looking carrots – yuck!

    My daughter is vegetarian, and she brings her lunch most days for this exact reason. Her school actually does offer a meatless meal a couple of times a week – usually bean burritos, pizza or grilled cheese sandwiches – but she says they’re too gross to eat. She likes all those things outside school, so I’m inclined to take her word for it.

    Comment by Vanessa | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  3. Hi, I really like your blog about your school lunches and breakfasts! I used to be a teacher and it is very interesting to see the food served from a student’s point of view. I have two questions for you: are you at a high school, middle school or an elementary school and, why don’t you ever eat the fruit? Thanks a lot for doing this project :)

    Comment by Anna | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  4. Oh, sorry, I see you’re at a high school. I have a different question though, do they actually cook anything that is served to you all or does your school kitchen just open packages and reheat?

    Comment by Anna | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  5. I agree with you. This is a collection of small snacks – not lunch!

    Comment by LC | April 17, 2010 | Reply

  6. I find that “meal” insulting. To be a filling meal– not to mention maximum nutrition, it must include legumes (beans) and grains. While technically peanuts are a legume, they act more like a nut– which is to say you can’t really eat enough of them to be satisfied. And graham crackers have more sugar than whole grains. Seriously. I just looked up the contents to honey maid graham crackers. To say they are the grain in the meal is laughable. It looks like the school wants to discourage vegetarianism or they just don’t understand nutrition. My guess is the latter.

    Comment by lemontree | April 18, 2010 | Reply

    • I agree with this 100%. And I find it strange that not all school meals are of the same amount. For example, a big plate of spaghetti with garlic bread and fruit and a side salad vs. this. It’s outrageous.

      Comment by foulnastyschoollunch | April 18, 2010 | Reply

  7. Hehe I am honestly the only reply to this awesome post?!?

    Comment by Mauro Pinto | May 27, 2010 | Reply

  8. It’s unfair that most schools don’t take vegetarians into consideration and if there is some kind of option, it’s subpar. And what if the students weren’t necessarily vegetarian, but had diet restrictions? Schools can’t think just because there are veggies and graham crackers (really?) on a plate, that means it’s a meal. I would love to know who made the executive decision on this ‘alternative.’

    Comment by Monica | August 25, 2010 | Reply

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