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.


School lunches used to be notoriously unhealthy, but recent concerns about childhood obesity have encouraged cafeterias to offer healthier menu items. Discover new food preparation techniques schools are implementing.

Don't forget your lunchbox! In our gallery, discover everything you need to know about packing a great lunch.

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?

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?

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.

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.

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?

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?

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.

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.

Lunch at work doesn't need to be dull or unhealthy -- it just takes some planning. With careful planning, you can avoid fast food, vending machines, or a sandwich you put together at the last minute. Learn how to pack a healthy lunch you'll look forward to eating.

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