Oopth. Plop goes your lunch as you stare in disgust and curiosity, wondering what the heck is in that half- thawed meat monstrosity called school food. “Next!” the lunch lady calls a little too loud for your tiny ear holes to handle and not in the slightest kind way possible. And at that point your probably thinking. “I hate my life.” Well, maybe not to that extent, but you get the idea. School food is not appetizing. Unless you’re Blue-Ivy and you’re going to a fancy schmancy private school that has michelin star quality food and one too many Lamborghinis for every spoiled, rich kid(who just loves to take photos of their food and face every ten seconds; in hopes of boosting their much needed self-esteem, of course). Probably landing spot in Us magazine under the title “Celebrities are just like us, they go to school too!” Sorry, I did not come here to rant about stereotypical rich kids whom I secretly despise because of MY school food. In my defense, “Drunk In Love” by Beyonce has been overplayed on the radio and I just happened to think of Blue Ivy whilst writing this FOOD post. Yes, that’s how my brain works, don’t question it. I actually came here, as the title suggests, to compare and contrast school food and prison food. Why, you ask? Because, I can! No, seriously, though, it’s because I’ve started reading The Count of Monte Cristo and the main character, Dantes is imprisoned for fourteen years! Now, I feel bad for complaining like a brat beforehand. Not really, though. Sorry? Ask any one at school what they would like changed and I bet more than half of the students would immediately reply with, “Food!” The other lesser-half would probably say school in general. And unfortunately, I would probably fall into that category. What can I say? When you say school in general, you take out the food, tests, and countless hours spent on homework, or lack of, if your me and you peruse the internet on the many “breaks” you take, as you explain to your questioning parents.
Shockingly, prison food is proved to be nutritionally healthier and more balanced than the traditional American cafeteria food. Yikes! Are you telling me a “criminal” is eating better than me? A standard meal for prisoners consist of 3-4 ounces of meat, 3/4 cup of starch, one bread item, one beverage, 1/2 cup of vegetables, and one serving of fruit and dessert. Totaling 1,300 to 1,450 calories served to inmates per meal. The average cost to feed a prisoner per day being $2.62, coming from a $205 million federal budget. On the other hand, a typical meal for students consist of one bread item, 1.5-2 ounces of meat, one starch item, 8 ounces of milk, and 1/2 cup of vegetables or fruit. Adding up to 1,400 calories per meal, $2.68 to feed the youth of America(in a slightly exaggerated Southern accent, putting emphasis on the “mer”), and a yearly federal budget of 11 billion. Here are some disturbing facts about school food to brighten your day: less than one third of school food operations meet the recommended standard for saturated fat in their meals and fast food chains such as Micky D’s and Burger King test their ground beef five to ten times more often than the USDA tests beef sent to schools! Hold up, I have to regurgitate the chimichanga I had for lunch today.
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