This infographic shows that the food at the two institutions is roughly the same cost and calorie count but prisoners get more healthy items than school children.
This infographic by GOOD shows the difference between a prison lunch and a school lunch. Both are roughly the same cost (just over $2.60) and contain about the same amount of calories (around 1400). But surprisingly, prisoners get more items to eat and healthier options, with 1/2 cup of vegetables and one serving of fruit or dessert, compared to the school children’s 1/2 cup of vegetables or fruit.
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The infographic also shows that school food programs’ yearly federal budget is a lot higher than the budget for prison food ($11 billion compared to $205 million). Should there be a bigger push for healthier school lunches? One nine-year old student in Scotland thinks so- she even created a blog about the state of school lunches.