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"This is depressing. -- A jealous American"

"Bro, I wish my American lunch looked like that. They once gave us a hotdog wrapped in a piece of cheese and a slice of bread. Called them weenie rangers. Really was an abomination of a healthy school lunch."

"Wow, okay that's really bad. I had something similar to the picture above, but obviously a watered down version. But nothing as bad as a fucking hotdog and a Kraft singles"

"The Midwest is a wild place. It should have a spot on this picture."

"American school lunches are trash but can any other country vouch for these?
It looks like they're comparing upper class, prestigious schools to my shit rural towns schools lunch."

"I want to eat lunch in Spain"

"Italy for me."

"How can anyone eat that much Brie in one sitting? (France)"

"Damn I wish my (American) school lunch looked like that! We were lucky if we got crappy pizza and a chocolate milk! (And I went to a decent school system)"

"Same comparison can be done with international airlines. Foreign airlines: pleasant, polite, and helpful flight attendants serving a variety of delicious gourmet food. American airlines: rude, loud, and obese attendants throwing you jaw-breaking ham biscuits. Don’t like it? Get ready to be beaten and dragged out."

"This should be titled, "rich kid school lunches, around the world"."

"We got a dry slice of pizza with sausage that resembled rabbit droppings. Chicken patty that 8/10 times had a rubbery hard corpuscle in it. Ham sandwich on de thawed bread, plastic like cheese slice, and ham that was just white to light grey gel.
My mom always sent my sister and I with packed lunch, it was amazing compared to what some of my friends had to choke down daily."

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I do love a good food fight.


@ParsonWayne, no fault with your logic there, LOL! It's a good thing that SOMEONE is looking out for both science and the humanities in the lunch-room!

@jimez Jim, we are now setting the rules for ourselves! It's a buffet - go!

I will not engage in a food fight, but I do want that chunk of Italian bread.


I would pick through them all like a freakin buffet.


If they used circular trays, the students might get a well-rounded meal.


@Gulliver, that's a true gift. I rely on my own cooking, so I skip meals all the time. For years I ate cheese sandwiches twice a day, and I don't know whether my arteries have recovered yet.

@jimez, which of the lunches above would you choose? I love Greek stuffed leaves...


Sung to the Beatles, 5 days a week.


@Mischka, Thanks but I think I'm ok. I like to cook so I get to choose the menu most of the time.


@Gulliver, all right, that's it, we're getting you a chaperone, so that you don't stumble anywhere that causes traumas, ever again.

What do you prefer? Fast food deliveries? Family restaurants? Barbecue barns? We'll look after you!


@Mischka, I grew to like some seafood as I got older, however to this day if I happen to stumble onto a crawfish boil the trauma will last for days..


@Gulliver, Yes! I remember seeing a few Bonanza lunch boxes on the cafeteria tables.

You're right, when I visited Galveston for a week, I think I ate seafood at every meal and loved it. If you don't love it, I fully sympathize. I'm glad you did survive.


@Mischka, I had a Bonanza lunch box and probably others but it's the only one I remember.

As a child I hated seafood. I was the only odd ball in our family. My Grandparents lived in Galveston and we would visit them often. When it came time to eat it seemed like it was always seafood..everywhere, I don't know how I survived..


@Gulliver, let me take this moment to apologize to the fellow students who had to sit near my sardine sandwiches, which I'd forgotten until you mentioned the fish. I never had a sense of smell and I never once would have thought of that.

Lunch boxes are such a wonderful topic unto themselves! Mine was the one with a human family in a world of dinosaurs and giant housecats... "Land of the Lost," maybe?

@jimez, there's no shame in that. My mom still eats them about that regularly, I think. I can't tell which tone of voice you used. :-)

@triciab5581 A family of teachers! You are heroes! I would happily listen to a hundred more stories.

I wonder where the school lunch industry, from gathering and delivery to daily prep and employee wages, ranks in the nation's sizes of industries. I mean, it's almost incredible that the system works at all, even if at a faulty level so often. I don't even know in which decade the programs began, do you?

And I didn't miss that reference to ketchup, LOL. It hides a multiplicity of sins in cafeterias, that's for sure.


PB&J was my lunch. Five days a week.


When I was in elementary school, a long long time ago (also in Texas) the cafeteria served fish sticks on Friday. I can still remember the smell, I couldn't sit anywhere near anyone eating them. I always took my lunch to school in my lunch box. I wish I still had those old lunch boxes, they are worth crazy money these days.


I agree the American meals are pretty awful; I've got a great niece who's in the public schools presently, and things haven't changed much.

I was responsible for preparing my own lunch after I was ten years old; my mother was a teacher, as was my father, and they had to be to school early. I took a lot of PB&J sandwiches, or tuna, or whatever I could put together from the pantry or fridge; my mom figured I was old enough and hungry enough to make a sandwich by that time ;-)

I'm like you, I didn't much care about the cafeteria fare; I just cared that I made it through the day on the fuel of that lunch. Given a chance, I'd pack fruit and lunch meat (sans bread, which I never cared for all that much) and get a couple of cartons of milk, which was a tiny amount for the little 8oz carton they sold.


@ParsonWayne, you have a brilliant, inquisitive mind; by which I mean that I have no idea, lol.

@triciab5581 I'm glad to hear that you had a better option, and chose it. When I was in high school, my parents didn't always have time to prepare lunches. (I was still at the pb&j stage, I think.) It was an affluent school, and I remember a lot of trading went on. There was always a group who would save their lunch money, spending about 35 cents for a bag of chips; sadly, some of these saved the money for drugs. Then there were the elite girls, who would eat nothing but the carrots mom packed and give their lunch-boxed feasts to the poor kids. When my mom packed a bag of chips for me, I would often trade it if someone had a Granny Smith apple.

The school lunch was between meh and so-so a lot of the time, but my group, the homework-comes-first crowd, didn't care what we ate as long as it kept us going through the afternoon.

Did you see the shameful school sandwich I posted here?


I'm 66; when I was in elementary school (central Texas), meals were prepared in individual school kitchens. There were a half dozen enormous Black ladies who did the cooking, and it was great; they commanded tremendous respect, and woe betide any kid who behaved rudely to them. By the time my sister graduated (1977), meals had begun to be prepared in a central kitchen, and appeared to consist of rubber, plastic, and cardboard with ketchup trying to disguise it as something edible. My own son took a lunch every day of his public school career, as there was no way in hell I was letting him eat that swill!


Why are the trays rectangular when the world is round, Fiona?

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