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Food Fun: School Lunch Quiz
by Staff
Ah, school lunch. For many of us, this brings back memories of hairnetted ladies looming over trays of mystery meat. There have been sweeping changes lately in the way meals are served at schools, but has it been enough? Take our quiz to find out.

President Truman started the National School Lunch Program (NSLP) in 1946. How many students received meals through the program in 2007?

  • 5.5 million
  • 15.5 million
  • 30.5 million

What do critics of the National School Lunch Program cite as one of its problems?

  • The program isn't funded enough, so the food is cheap, processed and not very nutritious.
  • The schools waste too much food.
  • The schools charge too much for the lunches, so not enough kids eat them.

According to the American School Food Service, what percentage of high schools sell fast food?

  • 30 percent
  • 40 percent
  • 50 percent

What percentage of snacks served in schools have poor nutritional value, according to a national study?

  • 25 percent
  • 65 percent
  • 85 percent

What did a 2009 University of Minnesota study show about school lunches in that state?

  • that schools don't serve any whole-grain products
  • that lunch sales don't decrease when the food is healthy
  • that school kitchens were dangerously dirty

The Better School Food organization advocates "farm-to-school" programs. About how many schools participated in the 2008-09 school year?

  • 11,000
  • 15,000
  • 19,000

Famous chef and restaurateur Alice Waters has many ideas for improving school lunches. What's one of them?

  • having parents make the food instead of school employees
  • building school gardens
  • eliminating lunches and having children bring their own

Which of the following is NOT an accomplishment of the School Lunch Initiative in Berkeley, Calif.?

  • installing salad bars in every school
  • removing almost all processed foods
  • eliminating all vending machines

How many daily servings of whole grains should children eat?

  • three
  • four
  • five

How many servings of whole grains do kids get every day, on average?

  • one
  • two
  • three