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
Served with slices of baguette and water to drink
Tomato and Green Pepper Salad
Roasted Pork and Zucchini with Cream Sauce
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.