Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution 2012-
South Korean Public School Lunches
Inspired by Jamie Oliver’s Food Revolution Day May 19th, I decided to track the meals of my South Korea Middle Students, who receive subsided school lunches (dinners for you English). It is unheard of to bring your own lunch to school in South Korea. It has been tradition for the school to provide lunches for the pupils and staff for decades. The monthly cost to students is roughly 40,000 won (US$ 34) for a hot meal every school day.
I took of picture of the school lunch as well as my own vegan lunch, as I find Korean food is not vegan friendly. Guess which lunch is which.
When you compare it to lunches in other countries, including those which advocate a packed lunch, you can see a serious cultural difference. It is obvious that South Korea values nutrition and home cooking although it is more labour and time intensive.
This is a blurb by Jamie about what he and his team are attempting to do with ‘The Food Revolution” and why.
‘According to the World Health Organization, global obesity has more than doubled since 1980 and more than tripled in children. Across the world more than 1.5 BILLION adults are overweight and of those 200 million men and 300 million women are obese. We are in big trouble.
Despite these grim statistics, and general shouting about the problem across the world, no one — not government, schools or doctors — have worked out a plan to give our children the tools to live longer, healthier, happier and more productive lives. Our kids are the first generation predicted to live shorter lives than their parents. As a father this is unacceptable to me — and should be unacceptable to you.
Food Revolution Day is an opportunity for everyone around the world to do something. The Food Revolution and Food Revolution Day is about empowering people through education or, frankly, just inspiring people to be more street-wise about food, where it comes from and how it affects their bodies. If you know how to cook you can save yourself money, feel better and live longer, and the chances are, your kids will follow suit. After all, we all kind of become our parents in the end.’
What do you think of South Korean school lunches? How do they compare to meals served in other countries? Do they provide enough variety or freedom for pupils and their parents? Are they too restrictive or expensive? Leave a comment.