This is what we feed our kids?! Students send in pics of their nasty school lunches [10 photos]

It’s a well known fact that childhood obesity is a growing epidemic in the US, yet many schools continue to serve lunches that have little to no nutritional value. And the problem isn’t a money one. According to the folks behind Fed Up, “There is no major cost difference between nutritious and not nutritious food at schools.” And yet, Fed Up reports, 71% of kids are unsatisfied with the lunches they’re served at school.

They wanted to do something about it, so they encouraged over 25K kids to participate in their “true state of school lunch,” a project that resulted in 7,025 photos being sent in that document school lunches from around the country.

Now Fed Up is posting these pics and allowing visitors to vote whether to “Eat it” or “Toss it.”

Here are some examples…

Pork slop

Pork slop

Crispy potato wedges

crispy potato wedges

Noodle surprise

Noodle surprise






Pasta chicken

Chili dog and cheese fries

chili dog and cheese fries

Salisbury steak

Salisbury steak



Some sort of hot pocket thing

hot pocket


Various foods in portions of 200 calories [45 pictures]

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  • There were a few moments in high school where I could have sworn the spaghetti was fried rather than boiled.The milk cartons were tiny, so you would have to go to a vending machine to get a decent amount of liquids. Made sure I knew where all the water fountains were.Chicken nuggets tended to be nothing more that breaded and fried balls of filler/gristle.There were also these things called “Super Donuts.” The packaging said they were “fortified with vitamins and made various claims on the nutrition that I knew were bullshit. Ate them anyway since they tasted good and gave me less indigestion than other things available. Must have been something off about them, as I occasionally snuck extra ones home, and my cat would beg for a piece. Cats don’t usually touch pastry.

  • This is what happens to anything the Government gets involved with.

  • My 2 kids (ages 9 and 15) have only had hot lunch a few times. Of course they have taken sandwiches but they each have a thermos (large mouth I think they are called) and they have taken pasta, meatballs and cut up chicken in it. For the meatballs and chicken cutlets we make a weeks worth of food and freeze it. Put it in the refrigerator the night before and then heat it up in the A.M. You have to heat the thermos up by pouring boiling hot water in it and let it sit with the lid on for 10 mins before you put the hot food in but my kids say it stays very hot.

  • It is not strictly our current administration’s fault for this, though they could try to do more but with so many congress members getting parts of farm subsidies it will be very hard to change. The slight changing from a food pyramid to a plate is a step up from where we have been since the 80′s and as far back as the 40′s.

  • My pizza at school is really gross if you pick up the pizza and shake it violently not one thing falls off the pizza not even a peperoni

  • But, they’re drinking low fat milk so it’s healthy. SMH.

  • I was very very lucky growing up. I went to a very small school (28 in my graduating class) and our lunch was made from scratch. A little lady named Mrs. Pearl and her crew of lunch ladies made every meal from scratch, even corn dogs. She made the cornbread batter from scratch and hand dipped every corn dog. Home made shepard’s pie, scratch made cobblers and pies, fresh catfish and hand made hushpuppies, fresh bread. Looking back, I’m amazed that they made that much food every day for the kids in school. They fed K through 12 every single day. I do remember that we all cleaned our plates… hardly ever any left overs.