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Fresh orange, white rice, garbanzo beans with pumpkin, seasoned pork that has been steamed & cooked in its juices, canned corn and carrots and chocolate milk
Back in November, a reader (D. Orsini) sent in the above photo of a school lunch from Puerto Rico and gave permission for me to share it with my readers. She added:
I love eating in the school cafeteria. I’m a teacher in the public school system in Puerto Rico. I regularly eat lunch in school and I praise the lunch ladies’ cooking. They are great. The picture is what I had for lunch on November 1, 2011. White rice with garbanzos and pumpkin (rice is given at almost every lunch, it is a staple in puertorrican diet), well seasoned pork cooked in its own juices, canned corn and carrots and chocolate milk (they also have white but I’m a chocoholic). Let’s just say the whole meal was delicious. The following day the meal was white rice, pink beans in a tomato base sauce (resembles the garbanzos) with sweet potato, fresh orange, breaded fish tenders and chocolate milk. Again, delicious.Forgot to mention, IT WAS ALL FREE. Public schools in Puerto Rico offer free breakfast and lunch to all students and faculty is also welcomed. The Department of Education is very dedicated in giving the best meals to students. There is even a Free Summer Meal Program during the month of June (school year August – May), which is open to all children up to the age of 18. The school year in P. R. is from August to May. I am very proud of our School meal program.