In a recent deep dive into the state of school lunches across America, ProCare Therapy unveiled some eye-opening insights in their "The State of School Lunch Report." This comprehensive analysis aimed to shed light on where states stand in offering nutritious, appealing meals to students, which is a crucial element given the growing concerns around childhood obesity and academic performance tied to nutrition. Among the findings, one stood out starkly: Idaho was ranked as having the worst school lunch program in the nation.

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Let's unpack that a bit. The report, which you can find on ProCare Therapy's blog, evaluated several key factors contributing to the overall healthiness of school lunches. These included adherence to federal nutrition guidelines, participation in Farm to School programs (where schools buy locally produced, farm-fresh foods), and the consumption rates of fruits, vegetables, and sugary drinks among students.

Idaho's position at the bottom of the list suggests a combination of challenges. Perhaps there's a lower engagement in programs that encourage fresh, local produce, or maybe the nutritional content of the meals served falls short of recommended standards. Whatever the specifics, the ranking highlights a significant area for improvement in ensuring Idaho's students receive the nutrition they need for optimal health and learning.

For Idaho, this ranking could serve as a catalyst for change. Enhancing the quality of school lunches can have profound effects on student health, academic success, and overall well-being. It's an opportunity to reassess current offerings, explore new ways to incorporate fresh, local ingredients, and ultimately, create a more nutritious and enjoyable dining experience for students.

Which School District Serves the Best Lunch in the Treasure Valley?

🥪 The following gallery features the lunch room cuisines of West Ada School District, Nampa School District, and Caldwell School district!

Old-school classics like cheeseburgers and stuffed breadsticks are listed alongside fresh fruits, veggies, and simple salads. But in the end, only one school district can be the best!

Gallery Credit: Ryan Valenzuela

Idaho's 10 Worst School Districts by Graduation Rate

These rankings were based off information made publicly available by the Idaho Department of Education and grades listed on

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

Historic Idaho School House Converted Into Exquisite 16 Bedroom Home

The Roosevelt Inn is currently owned by John and Tina Hough (yes, Derek and Julianne Hough's aunt and uncle.) They're hoping to sell it as a home or bed and breakfast so they can retire to Texas before John's 65th Birthday.

Gallery Credit: Michelle Heart

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