What’s for Lunch?

How Schoolchildren Eat Around the World

By Andrea Curtis

What’s for Lunch? travels the globe peering into lunch trays, mugs, bowls and school bags in 13 countries — including a refugee camp in Kenya, a community school in Birmingham, England, a remote Andean village in Peru, and an eco-school in downtown Toronto, Canada. It uses the food we eat as a tool to explore worldwide issues like poverty, inequality, social justice and climate change. It also features examples of kids and organizations doing amazing things to reclaim their school lunch and the food system.

Typical school lunch in Brazil. <em>What's for Lunch?</em> Photos by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.
Click to enlarge. Photos by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

Aimed at kids age 9-12, this nonfiction book features full-colour photographs by Yvonne Duivenvoorden.

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“The great thing about this book is that it’s not just profiling lunches from around the world, but it talks about that idea, the power of food—the idea that food can change society and that if you introduce that concept to kids early on they can be the real actors in that change.”
—Matt Galloway, CBC Metro Morning

Photo by Yvonne Duivenvoorden

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Learning resources

What’s for Lunch? is a tool for educators, a bouncing-off point for discussions that range from poverty and hunger to the environmental impact of food production and distribution. Check out my free downloadable teacher’s guide with curriculum links and printable resources.
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What’s for Lunch? is available anywhere great books are sold! Visit your local independent bookstore or order online.



“What’s truly original, and strikingly obvious now that she’s done it, is the way Curtis focuses attention on what’s happening at home by finding out what kids all over the world have for their lunch break.”
—Malcolm Jolley, Good Food Revolution

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