As First Lady Michelle Obama continues her mission to make our schools a healthier place, the Associated Press decided to go out and see how school lunches in the U.S. stack up against those served around the world.

The AP sent photographers to Asia, Europe, Africa, and South America to see what kids in different countries ate for lunch this week.

The photographers found that while most schools abroad don’t actually sell lunch, the ones that do, put a “premium” on feeding their students healthy meals. Students were more likely to go home for lunch or bring a home-cooked meal.

Obama’s campaign aims to have more whole grains, fruits, and vegetables served in school cafeterias.


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