What’s For Lunch At Schools Around The World?

School lunch in the United States: hot dog with chili

School lunch in the United States: hot dog with chili. Source: Buzzfeed

Americans are often criticized for their relationship with food– we’re too fat; we eat too quickly; our food is greasy and unhealthy. For the most part, that may be true, but as much as we can learn from the eating habits of other countries, it’s also important not to take our food for granted. In a way, the school lunch provides us with a quick-and-dirty take on a given place’s culture, values and economic wellbeing. Take a look at these school lunches around the world and you’ll find that the United States lands somewhere between mediocre and decadent:

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School lunches from the United States: Fried chicken nuggets, canned peas, potatoes

School lunch from the United States: Fried chicken nuggets, canned peas, potatoes. Source: Upworthy

School lunches US

School lunch in the United States: macaroni and cheese, oranges. Source: What's For School Lunch?

School lunches US hot dog

School lunch in the United States: hot dog with chili. Source: Buzzfeed

School Lunches Bento

A decent school lunch in the United States: American-style Japanese bento box. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Spain

School lunch from Spain: local shrimp, gazpacho, fresh peppers. Source: Upworthy

School lunches Ukraine

School lunch from Ukraine: Mashed potatoes, sausage, borscht. Source: Upworthy

School lunches UK

School lunch in the UK: Potato with cheese, carrots, corn. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Taiwan

School lunch in Taiwan: veggies, rice, pork, tofu soup. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Taiwan Rice

School lunch in Taiwan: rice, veggies, pork. Source: What's For School Lunch?

School lunches Sweden

School lunch in Sweden: potatoes, cabbage, lingonberry juice. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches South Korea

School lunch from South Korea: fish soup, kimchi, fresh vegetables. Source: Upworthy

School lunches Bean Stew

School lunch from South Korea: bean stew, rice, kimchi. Source: Flickr

School lunches Korea Pork

School lunch in South Korea: steamed cabbage, soup, pork. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Kim Chi

School lunch in South Korea: kimchi, rice, soup, fried pork. Source: BuzzFeed

School Lunches Slovakia

School lunch in Slovakia: smoked mackerel, kiwi, fresh bread. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunches Singapore

School lunch in Singapore: noodles, greens, pork, broccoli. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunches Singapore Beef

School lunch in Singapore: chicken, fried anchovies, omelette. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunches Philippines

School lunch in the Philippines: lechon kawali (fried pork belly), rice. Source: BuzzFeed

School Lunches Kenya

School lunch in Kenya: maize and beans. Source: Oprah.com

School lunches Japan

School lunch in Japan: udon, fish sauces, mandarin orange. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Japan Tofu

School lunch in Japan: tofu over rice, udon. Source: Flickr

School lunches Japan Hot Dog

School lunch in Japan: Western-style hot dog, soup, fries, tomato. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Japan Eggs

School lunch in Japan: rice, chicken, egg, mixed veggies. Source: Flickr

School lunches Chicken

School lunch in Japan: pork tonkatsu, rice, udon. Source: Flickr

School lunches Spaghetti

School lunch in Japan: Western-style spaghetti, meatballs, fries, milk. Source: BuzzFeed

School lunches Greece

School lunch from Greece: baked chicken, yogurt, stuffed grape leaves. Source: Upworthy

School lunches Arugula

School lunch from Italy: local fish, arugula, grapes. Source: Upworthy

School lunches Italy

School lunch in Italy: pasta primavera. Source: Oprah.com

School lunches Ghana

School lunch in Ghana: spiced rice. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunches Honduras

School lunch in Honduras: porridge. Source: What's For School Lunch?

School lunch France

School lunches from France: brie, apples, steak. Source: Upworthy

School lunch Steak

School lunch in France: steak, rice veggies. Source: Flickr

School lunch Artichokes

School lunch in France: artichoke, mussels, fries. Source: Flickr

School lunch Finland

School lunch from Finland: beets, carrots, pannucakku (dessert pancake). Source: Upworthy

School lunch Estonia

School lunch in Estonia: meat, potatoes, shredded carrot. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunch Djibouti

School lunch from Djibouti: rice and beans in curry sauce. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunch China

School lunch from China: fish, rice, scrambled egg. Source: What's For School Lunch

School lunch Brazil

School lunch from Brazil: Pork, rice, plantains. Source: Upworthy

School lunch Alface

School lunch in Brazil: meat and veggie stew, plantain, rice, salad. Source: What's For School Lunch

School Lunches Beef

School lunch from Chile: avocado, beef, fries, rice, cabbage. Source: What's For School Lunch

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