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French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 2


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Welcome to Day 2 on a comparison between school lunch menus served at a typical American Elementary school compared to a school lunch menu served at a typical French elementary school.  As mentioned in yesterday’s post, we are looking at school lunch menus between Toms River, New Jersey and Pau, France.  See below for links to these two webpages showing menus for the month of September 2010.  And here goes for Day 2, September 14, 2010. 

Toms River, New Jersey

Choice of 1 main dish, 2 sides and served with a half pint of milk

Chicken Patty Sandwich or Turkey Hoagie Pasta

Vegetable Salad and Fruit Salad

 

Pau, France

Served with slices of baguette and water to drink

Tomato and Green Pepper Salad

Roasted Pork and Zucchini with Cream Sauce

Chocolate Flan

 

Here are the webpages for September 2010 menus for Toms River, and Pau.  Note that in Pau there is no choice for the main dish, unlike in Toms River.  You have what is served, although if a child cannot eat pork for religious reasons there is an alternative; in today’s case it is:  Roasted Turkey.  Note also that in France  children cannot bring a packed lunch, the child must eat what is served on the menu. 

So, what do you think?  I see some trends starting, do you?  Tune in the day after tomorrow for DAY 3!  (no school on Wednesdays, so next installment is September 16th).  Comment in particular if you think American kids would eat the food on the French school menu.

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4 Responses to French School Lunch Compared to American School Lunch, Day 2

  1. Amy Dawson September 30, 2010 at 15:08 #

    We had friends that lived in France for a semester and one of the things they commented on was that the kids were served real food while at lunch. School lunch in America, even when “not so bad” is often so processed. This is really interesting to see the comparison – thanks for showing. My kids take their lunches to school 4 days a week and buy one day. My husband and I created a lunch website to keep ourselves on the straight and narrow for packing lunch and to inspire others. If you are packing lunches, check it out 🙂 In the meantime, keep sharing your comparisons – so interesting. http://www.lunchtaker.com ~ Amy

    • mbrighton October 1, 2010 at 09:52 #

      Hi Amy, Thanks for your comment and encouragement. I will definetly check out your website and may link to it, if this is ok for you…At the end of the comparison (30 days) I will post an article on healthy packed lunches for kids and would love to see what you suggest and give to your children. Keep coming back, we are only on day 11! 🙂 Mary

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