The Evolution of the School Lunch

Lunch was the biggest, most important meal of the day before the Industrial Revolution. Back then, the midday meal was called dinner.  Most adults worked near their homes and their children also went to nearby schools.  Everyone returned home and shared this meal with their families.

In the late 19th century, cities and factories grew and people worked further from home. Workers could no longer travel to eat so the concept of the cafeteria was born.  An employee perk, this benefit helped improve productivity attracting hard-working employees to certain factories. Modern public schools looking to increase academic productivity took the same approach and began offering similar lunch programs.

During the 1970’s, social scientists and nutrition experts found a correlation between diet and academic achievement.  They started educating families about the importance of good nutrition. School lunch programs offered what you might see in cafeterias today: hamburgers, french fries, spaghetti, boiled vegetables, slices of pie and Jell-O. Over time, people debated the healthiness of the school lunch.  The advocacy and implementation of improved standards increased.  This helped boost the nutritional value of meals provided by schools.

More school lunch choices

Today, schools can bring in specialty catering services like The Lunch MOB that goes above and beyond the status quo. Because we use fresh, wholesome, all-natural ingredients, parents never have to worry about harmful chemicals, additives, and artificial trans fats in their food. We incorporate organic produce whenever possible and make most of our sauces and dressings from scratch (so you can say goodbye to overly processed foods!).

We know that eating healthy may sometimes add costs. However, we’re confident that you’ll see programs like The Lunch MOB  as an investment in your family’s health and future. There’s a nationwide kick to get kids eating healthier in schools, and yet, the available choices just aren’t good enough to satisfy their tastes. By truly focusing on how ingredients are combined, we made it OUR mission to create fresh meals that kids love, with the nutrition they need.

If you’d like further information about any of our ingredients or food prep practices, please reach out to us anytime. We’d like to hear from families and schools interested in partnering with The Lunch MOB in Orange County, CA.  Irvine, Tustin, Laguna Hills, Laguna Beach, Laguna Niguel, Aliso Viejo, El Toro, Mission Viejo, Lake Forest, Foothill Ranch, Newport Beach, San Juan Capistrano, Orange, and Santa Ana– we’re talking to you!