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What Schools Serve for Lunch Around the World


Not all cafeterias were created equal. 

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School Lunch

School lunch is not a new concept by any means, and despite its iconic status here now, it didn't start in the US. Count von Rumford, a.k.a. Benjamin Thompson, an American physicist is thought of as the father of school lunch programs worldwide. As the Revolutionary War broke out, Thompson fled the United States and ended up in Munich. There, he earned his title and started the Poor People's Institute. The methods and work conditions may have been questionable, but in the end, the institute also provided nutritious meals to countless impoverished adults and children. In the process of figuring out how to give the most amount of people the most nutritious food for the least amount of money, Thompson came up with many of the appliances commonly food in school cafeterias. His mass feeding model soon spread across Europe and to the rest of the world.

Say "school lunch," and you may have visions of mystery meat dancing around in your head. Or maybe you see slimy canned green beans and sugary chocolate milk. 

For many school-aged children around the world, however, that couldn't be farther from the truth. Though it's customary in several countries for kids to bring their own lunch, or even go home to eat, it's becoming increasingly popular—and more convenient for parents—for schools to feed their students. Let's see what they're serving! 

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VIDEO: Chicken Quesadillas

These quick and easy chicken quesadillas are the perfect, last-minute family dinner!


  • 2 chicken breasts
  • 1/2 cup of tomato sauce
  • 1/2 cup of chives, chopped
  • 1 tsp. of Mexican spice mix
  • 4 Tortillas
  • Cheddar
  • Salt, to taste


  1. Put shredded chicken breast, tomato sauce, chives, and mexican spice mix in a bowl and mix together.
  2. Lay out the tortillas. Place a slice of cheddar in the center, and cover with the chicken mix.
  3. Fold up tortillas, and heat in a frying pan until golden.
  4. Enjoy!

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