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What's on Arne Duncan's Lunch Tray?


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In honor of National School Lunch Week, Education Secretary Arne Duncan visited D.C. Prep Edgewood Elementary and Middle School Campuses in northeast Washington, D.C., last week, touting the department's "Fueled and Fit: Ready to Learn" campaign. He'll be making other school stops in the coming weeks as part of this initiative to promote nutrition and fitness.

So, this seems like a fitting time to resurrect the photo above, which features Arne's lunch tray during a May stop at a West Virginia school. These foods, while likely mainstays of school cafeterias, sure look like they'd make a good example of what not to eat. But then again, the lunch could be healthier than it looks, and I'm not sure I can even identify all of the foods. I see ketchup and mustard, a carrot-and-bean salad, perhaps, and definitely onion rings. But is his main course a steak sandwich? And what's next to it, potatoes? (Click on the photo to enlarge it.) UPDATE: Eagle-eyed commenter Stafford has made a convincing case that my "potatoes" are actually a peach or apple cobbler.

(Photo: U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan adds ketchup to his lunch with students at Eagle School in Martinsburg, W.Va., on May 5, 2009. Alex Brandon/AP)


Wow, that is one nasty-looking meal. Good to know they didn't whip up something special for the nation's Ed Chief but fed him the same three-starches, mystery-meat lunch that the students have to endure.
Better put a little more ketchup on that!

I think what you identified as "potatoes" is actually apple or peach cobbler.

I just wrote about this, too. The shame of school lunches in Houston, where we are in dire need of the School Lunch Revolution. Check out what my students have to eat --> http://greatfoodhouston.blogspot.com/2009/10/shame-of-our-schools.html

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