SCHOOL MEALS

School Meals used to be a scary part of the academic day with mystery meat coming to mind. In this section learn about who decides what goes into a school lunch, the history of cafeterias and how you can pack a healthy lunch for your kids.
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Who decides what goes into school lunches?

When school lunches consist of nuggets, French fries and other fried products, it makes you wonder who's deciding what kids eat. What kinds of rules do schools have to follow when they feed students?

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  • 10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans

    10 Healthiest School Lunch Plans

    Gone are soggy tater tots and mystery meats from these schools' lunch trays. Could childhood obesity be eliminated if kids had no choice but to eat arugula salads, baby carrots and soy milk for lunch? See more »

  • 10 Swanky Lunch Plans

    10 Swanky Lunch Plans

    If you're looking for fine cuisine, a school lunch cafeteria might not be the first place that comes to mind. But these schools are serving up cauliflower bisque and offering taste-testing with artisan cheesemakers. See more »

  • 10 Worst School Lunch Menu Items

    10 Worst School Lunch Menu Items

    As obesity rates in children and teenagers continue to rise, many school districts are trying to combat the problem with healthier options in the cafeteria. But the worst items can still be found in many schools. See more »

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cafeterias

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About Cafeterias

    Before chains and huge advertising budgets, you may not have gotten exactly what you thought you were getting when you went to a restaurant. But cafeterias took the guesswork out of ordering. See more »

  • Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Edible Schoolyard

    Everything You Ever Wanted to Know About the Edible Schoolyard

    Who would have ever imagined that the best way to get kids to eat their vegetables would be to make them grow their own -- at school? It turns out that a trowel, some seeds and a little soil are great tools for budding veggie lovers. See more »

  • Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Food Allergies

    Everything You've Ever Wanted to Know about Food Allergies

    Food allergies can result in hives, congestion, nausea, dizziness -- even loss of consciousness. What foods are people commonly allergic to, and how can you avoid them like the devil? See more »

  • Food Fun: School Lunch Quiz

    Food Fun: School Lunch Quiz

    Ah, school lunch. For many of us, this brings back memories of hairnetted ladies looming over trays of mystery meat. There have been sweeping changes lately in the way meals are served at schools, but has it been enough? Take our quiz to find out. See more »

  • School Lunches

    School Lunches

    Starting a healthy new school year can be daunting, but our back to school guide provides parents with helpful information to get your little ones eating right. See more »

  • The History of the Lunch Box

    The History of the Lunch Box

    The lunch box was born in the 1800s. But it wasn't until the 1950s that it became the ultimate accessory for school children. How has this lunch container evolved over the decades? See more »

  • Who decides what goes into school lunches?

    Who decides what goes into school lunches?

    When school lunches consist of nuggets, French fries and other fried products, it makes you wonder who's deciding what kids eat. What kinds of rules do schools have to follow when they feed students? See more »

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