5 Scary Facts About School Food

In her documentary Two Angry Moms, Amy Kalafa uncovered the alarmingly unhealthy  food being served in America’s school cafeterias each day.  Her upcoming book, Lunch Wars: How to Start a School Food Revolution and Win the Battle for Our Children’s Health, empowers parents to make a change. Looking at the facts below – it’s time to get reading and start the war!

  • By their own assessment, our government determined that American schools are flunking lunch: A 2007 School Nutrition Dietary Assessment concluded that the vast majority of schools in America exceed USDA guidelines for the quantities of saturated fat, total fat and sodium in school lunches.
  • The surplus beef and poultry that the USDA offers as free commodity items to our school systems are held to a lower standard than fast-food chains like McDonald’s.  In the past decade, the USDA paid $145 million for pet-food grade “spent-hen meat” that went into the school meals program.
  • The average dollar amount spent per school lunch nationwide is a mere $1, 25 cents of which is spent on milk. Factor in the minimum number of calories that school lunches need to provide our children with that remaining 75 cents, and it’s easy to see why many cafeterias wind up offering cheap, high-calorie foods like Pop Tarts, chocolate milk and pizza.
  • Even free water is not a given in many school lunch rooms across the country: As bottled water brings in revenue for schools—not to mention the food management companies that supply them with goods to sell in cafeterias—many schools’ water fountains have fallen into disrepair.
  • The kids who DON’T buy lunch at school are healthier—and they perform better academically: A 2008 study found that children who bought lunch at school were at an increased risk for being overweight. The study also found that students with a higher consumption of foods rich in omega-3 fatty acids, fruits and vegetables performed better on a standardized literacy assessment, independent of socioeconomic factors. (Science Daily, Mar. 22, 2008).

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12 Responses to “5 Scary Facts About School Food”
  1. rijb says:

    Wow this confirmed my suspicions!!!

  2. Taylor says:

    That is disgusting. I will never eat school food again

  3. Josh says:

    This is just nasty.

  4. Keyaira says:

    U ppl will believe anything. Schools serve vegtables, and fruits, and the pizza is made with low faw cheese and whole grain crust. Actually, school lunches cost less than packed lunches and are healthier too. Well at least in north carolina they are.

    • carol says:

      BS.. Schools serve caned vegetables and canned fruits. If and when its not canned its old and dried out. Salad is watered down and brown most days. No matter the low fat cheese or whole grain crust its still got a tomato paste covering. School lunches are 2.80 – 4.00 depending on location and @ 2.80 per day, parents could and do pack less costly and healthier lunch.

  5. blayde says:

    this is nasty.. makes me wonder about my health

  6. ryker keele says:


  7. Stephanie says:

    So glad I decided to do a paper on THIS subject!

  8. Ben says:

    We get free lunches here but they are very bad and most kids just don’t eat.

  9. Callie says:

    I agree, and it is very unhealthy for kids just not to eat. School lunches would be healthier if most junk food was replaced with nuts, fresh fruit, and fresh yogurt, and if the meat was better quality in certain places. Children are not receiving the most nutrition by eating fatty foods that contain sugar, carbs, corn syrup, etc. I liked this article, and I agree with everything it says.

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