School Lunches Around the World

Photographers captured the lunch fare for students in several countries earlier this month, showing a range of foods, customs, and nutritional standards.

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Assorted lunch plates are arranged at a table for students at the Bahria Foundation school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Most of the kids seen there have home cooked food for lunch.
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Children stand in a queue to receive a free mid-day meal made of sweetened rice at a government school on the outskirts of Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The Mid-Day Meal is a massive school feeding program reaching out to millions of children in primary schools across India.
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A school lunch at El Caminet del Besos kindergarten is pictured in Barcelona, Spain, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The lunch is composed of cream of vegetable soup, pan-fried breast of veal with salad, a piece of bread, an orange or banana and water.
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The a school lunch of an omelette, vegetable soup, banana yogurt and water are served at the Chiquitin kindergarten in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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Baani, a 5-year-old Indian schoolgirl, eats her lunch prepared by her mother, consisting of flatbread, a turnip dish and mangoes, at a school in Jammu, India, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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Mamadou Diagana, shows his fried donuts as he makes his way to school in Bamako, Mali, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In Maliís capital, the majority of students go to neighborhood schools and return home from noon to 3 p.m. so they can eat lunch with their families.
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Bowls of salad are ready to be served, Tuesday, May 6, 2014 at Delcare Edu Center, a local kindergarten and child care center in the business district of Singapore. Everyday, lunch is prepared by the school's kitchen staff. Healthy snacks consisting of fruits, home-made bread, natural beans, soup and barley are served between meals.
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A school lunch featuring a grilled cheese sandwich on whole grain bread is served with a southwestern-style corn salad, fresh carrots and either canned pears or apple sauce Monday, May 5, 2014, at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Federal Way, Wash., south of Seattle.
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A school lunch salad entree option featuring low-sodium chicken, a whole-grain roll, fresh red peppers, and cilantro dressing is assembled in a lunch basket at Mirror Lake Elementary School in Federal Way, Wash., south of Seattle, Monday, May 5, 2014.
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A school lunch consisting of rice, salmon, ratatouille, a slice of bread, a salad with celery and carrots, and an orange and donut is laid out on a tray at the Anne Frank school in Lambersart, northern France, on Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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Students eat their lunch at the Bahria Foundation school in Rawalpindi, Pakistan, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. Most of the children at the school have home cooked food for lunch, which contain eggs, chicken nuggets, bread, rice or noodles.
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A public elementary school girl buys a pancake for her lunch on the street in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In Indonesia, not every student can bring a lunch box to school. Public school students buy their lunch at school cafeterias or food stalls on the nearby streets.
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Palestinian students hold up their sandwiches of pita bread stuffed with olive oil and zaatar, a mixture of herbs and spices, brought from home, during their half-hour mid-day break at about 11 a.m. in the West Bank city of Nablus, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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Two lunch trays at a primary school in London are served during a lunch break on Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The meal choice at right consists of pasta with fresh broccoli and slices of bread, and seasonal fresh fruit. At left are vegetable chili with rice and fresh broccoli, sponge cake with custard, and a banana.
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A plastic plate containing an empanada of meat, milanesa (meat covered with egg and bread), and potato is set on a table at a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. In Argentina, most children have been able to count on some relative providing a hot homemade lunch before or after they attend public school.
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A student's lunch box brought from home sits on display at an elementary school in Quito, Ecuador, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The lunch consists of a sandwich of ham, cheese, tomato and lettuce, a boxed oatmeal drink, and an apple.
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A lunch box containing rice with chicken Milanesa (chicken covered with egg and bread) sits on a table at a school in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Tuesday, May 6, 2014.
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Sri, a house maid, shows a lunch box she prepared for her employer's child, at an elementary school in Jakarta, Indonesia, Tuesday, May 6, 2014. The lunch consists of rice, meatball soup, and tofu and vegetables.
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