Claim: Circulating photo set accurately compares school lunches from other countries with American offerings that are paltry due to the interference of Michelle Obama.
Example: [Collected via Twitter, February 2015]
Shame on American schools for letting Michelle Obama have any influence at all. My nephew and nieces are starving...
Lol at people reposting that Michelle Obama wants kids school lunches to be like an orange wedge and a little applesauce.
dear people who blame michelle obama for gross school lunches, 1 school lunches have always been gross 2 see number 1
The Conservative Tribune blog post referenced an article published on
The "meal" above featuring an orange slice, a puddle of either apple sauce or a pulverized slice of peach or pear, and what looks like lumpy chipped beef without the toast is one of the dishes that complies with Michelle's totalitarian program.
Meanwhile, the widely different meals from Spain, Ukraine, Greece, South Korea, Brazil, France, Finland and Italy are all fresh and wholesome, with fish, steak and vegetables featuring prominently.
Photos of the meals appear on Sweetgreen.com.
By contrast, the American example looked Dickensian:
The Sweetgreen article from which the images stemmed was not a polemic railing against the sparse portions of American school lunches, however. Published on
When the original depiction of American school lunches was included, the intent of the piece was clearer (i.e., to illustrate the common types of foods served to schoolkids in each country, not to depict actual school meals). More important, it was also apparent in the original that the photographs were not candid snaps: Each shared an identical background and labeling, and all were obviously compiled representations of school lunch menus from countries outside the United States. It's likely students in all the countries named could capture less photogenic daily fare actually served in their cafeterias if asked.
The Conservative Tribune blog post not only fell for the misleadingly swapped-in photo, but it also elided a crucial portion of the Daily Mail article that showed the piece did not claim British school lunches were superior to American versions:
Last updated: 26 February 2015
Victor, Anucyia. "The School Lunches That Shame America." Daily Mail. 18 February 2015.