In the United States, First Lady Michelle Obama has been on a public mission to replace the french fries and pizza slices of so many school lunches with healthier alternatives. Some have suggested that Canada needs a national school lunch program to help alleviate hunger and poor nutrition (we're the only G8 country without such a program). To bring context to the debate around nutrition at school, AP sent its photographers to document what a typical meal looks like in classrooms around the world. Not surprisingly, they found a lot of variation. Overall, cafeterias were less common than in the U.S. schools, with many children going home to eat lunch or bringing food from their parents. In Singapore, some children are fed breakfast, lunch and dinner, if their parents work late; in Jakarta, public school students often buy their meals from street food stalls. In the gallery above, 14 school lunches from around the world.
This photo series may remind you of another project we told you about, from Oxfam. For that series, the charity documented what a week's worth of food looked like to seven families around the world — the photos made clear both the variety of food eaten around the world, and the large variation in quantity.