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School Cafeteria Recipes

Regarding school lunchroom recipes: If you went to a school in the Los Angeles Public School System or another big city school system like Boston, New York, Chicago, etc, then there is a possibility that some of their lunchroom recipes have made it onto the Internet. However, if you attended Tremont Elementary School in Tremont, Mississippi, then it's very unlikely that any of their lunchroom recipes are available. I might be able to find you a school lunchroom sloppy joe recipe, but it might not be the one from Tremont Elementary School. I'll try, but it will be pure chance.

Facebook is the place to connect with people who attended or worked at the same schools that you attended. Use the Search on your Facebook page to find Facebook pages dedicated to nostalgia about your school or about the town you grew up in. Some of these are marked "private", but it's not difficult to become a member. Do so, and post your recipe request there.
Also, there are Facebook groups specifically targeting former school cafeteria employees and lunchroom recipes, like these:

School Cafeteria Recipe Sharing

Cafeteria Ladies

The current USDA school cafeteria recipes are here: Recipes for Schools

Also, see here: USDA School Cafeteria Recipes
Be forewarned that these are for servings of 50 & 100.

Also, The scanned entire USDA School Cafeteria Recipe Manual (1988 version) is here: 1988 USDA School Cafeteria Recipes
It's in *.pdf format and is downloadable as well as viewable online. Click on "PDF" .

The school cafeteria recipes that I have researched are:


  • Bronx Public Schools Baked Chicken
  • Bronx Public Schools Sloppy Joes
  • Fort Walton Schools Sloppy Joes
  • LAUSD Blondies
  • LAUSD Sloppy Joes
  • Pasadena Unified School District Sloppy Joes
  • Pineapple Crisps
  • San Jose Unified School District Viennese Delight
  • Seekonk, Massachusetts High School Breakfast Cake
  • Westhill School District, NY Chicken Pinwheels with Gravy

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