I didn't grow up in the United States, but I have friends that grew up waiting in line for grey mashed potatoes and other weird looking food 'things.' They don't remember it fondly. 'Good.is' and 'Column Five' decided to compare what the average US school kid gets served at a cafeteria, and what the average US prisoner gets. The results were shocking.
Although the prison system is not regulated by the USDA, their menus try to serve meals that maintain a moderate level of nutrition. On the other hand, school kids get served highly processed, unhealthy meals. While the average amount of calories is around the same (1,400 per meal!), the meal is less balanced and composed of less nutritious items. Shockingly, less than ONE THIRD of school food operations were found to meet the standards for saturated fat in their meals. They also found that fast-food places like McDonald's test their ground beef 5 to 10 times more often than the USDA tests beef sent to schools!
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