School Lunch Makes Teacher Lose Her Appetite

When we went to school, the cafeteria featured such things as food cooked by human beings, served with big metal spoons from giant trays. But as the blog Fed Up: School Lunch Project demonstrates, times have changed. Each day, an anonymous schoolteacher in Illinois pays $3 for the school hot lunch, photographs it, eats it, then gives a report on her blog.

Even after only a few weeks of posts, Fed Up paints a devastating picture of how the school lunch program is failing kids. Mystery meat, still-frozen fruit cups, "pizza" with cheese that separates into fat layers. Everything is individually wrapped and, if it's hot, it's been microwaved. Weird pairings are rampant: Pizza and pretzels? A hot dog, cookie, and Tater Tots? The pictures are disgusting enough, but the descriptions are even worse: "I guess the green beans had some kind of butter sauce. I didn't taste a sauce but there was a little buttery residue on the bottom of the paper package." Is this food supposed to be fueling the next generation?

It makes the work done by people like school lunch activist Ann Cooper seem even more important.

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