I just ate. Can you put that behind a cut?
Holy taco, indeed...
That holy taco link was the funniest/grossest/saddest thing imaginable.
How can kids afford this crap?
For lunch I had an organic apple from PCC. Most of my coworkers bring leftovers or grab something from Trader Joe's.
Very very sad.
Kids LIKE to eat crap. They get excited going to TGIF and Denny's. That stuff makes me puke.
I usually take leftovers to work for lunch. Today, I had a fresh Viet sub. Cost me $1.75.
If you knew how little money those schools have to prepare lunches, you would be pretty impressed that they can manage even food like that.
With 60¢ per person, what could you manage to cook?
@7 - Gruel. Sweet, nourishing gruel. And then you'd also have money left over.
Why do those "meatballs" say "BM" at the top? No, wait, I don't want to know.
Hernandez, if you give the little bitches gruel, the next thing you know they'll be demanding THICKER gruel.
Paste. Feed them paste. That's what I ate when I was a kid and look how great I turned out.
The school lunches I ate back in the 70s seemed like gourmet when compared to what kids have to eat today. Paul, you should come by my nursing home and review it. The staff hear thinks it's delicious (though they all go out to lunch) but i can't keep it down. I have lost 80 pounds since I got here last November.
@6 - all the Viet subs I can find cost a few million ... except for the one that McCain gave his speech from. Did you mean that one?
The local news last night said some school districts will be raising the cost of school lunches this fall by up to 70%! (To almost $5 a day). At $25 a week give me a jar of Skippy, a jar of Strawberry Jelly, some bread, chips, and milk and I'd be happy (and have about $10 left)!
Back when I was in school, I considered school lunch a gourmet meal. It was all good. On some days you could even have seconds. But that extra milk always cost you a nickel. I don't think I ever did pay back any of those nickels I borrowed from the other kids.
Well, it was better than those meatballs look, even the pink worms they called spaghetti. But the chili and cinnamon rolls were awesome! I couldn't get down the hominy, though, still won't eat it.
@10 Having worked in nursing homes I'm not surprised. Last I knew, but that was years ago now, the budget for feeding nursing home patients was about $1/day. Not a meal, a day. It's probably up to $1.50/day, less than the spending on school lunches. Blame government cuts to Medicaid, which pays the way for most nursing home residents.
"cheese-filled pizza sticks" "Italian Dunkers" "spaghetti" "Italian Chicken Sandwich"?
I would rather gatecrash Tony Soprano's birthday party, call his mother a $2 Gypsy whore and ask him why he's the only castrato in history who can't sing, than try to explain this shit to an Italian. I'm surprised they haven't withdrawn their ambassador in protest.
Jamie Oliver did a great series in Britain where he tried to provide decent school food on budget (i.e. next to nothing). And revealed that in Italy, they actually consider it important to feed kids high quality food - by law tomatoes and olive oil used in school food must be organic/extra virgin... kind of mind-blowing as a contrast!
Yeah, and Oliver was vilified for it. Mothers were literally squeezing burgers and chips through the chain link at the school gates. And if you're familiar with what Brits will tolerate under the name of "burger", you still have no idea how badly those people crave garbage. It's ironic that Brits have, in London, developed one of the most sophisticated food cultures in the world, because the run-of-the-mill Brit diet is among the worst in the world, far worse than the average American's. Most Brits have literally never eaten a green vegetable unless it was boiled to death in a curry. Have a look at You Are What You Eat on BBC America sometime -- it's shocking.
@16 I was amazed that he managed to shock some kids out of eating chicken nuggets just by showing them what they were made of!
My memory of English school dinners in the early 80s is of dull but at least slightly nutritious food -- stew, mashed potatoes, baked beans, boiled cabbage -- and always a square of cake with custard for 'afters'. But watching that series it seems now 90% of it is deep-fried.
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