Lunch & Learn: Netizens applaud just-launched school lunch campaign

A student of Ban Non Chai School puts on a sticker to choose her meal as a part of the survey. Photo: Creative Economic Agency / Facebook
A student of Ban Non Chai School puts on a sticker to choose her meal as a part of the survey. Photo: Creative Economic Agency / Facebook

Which dish will students at a school in Khon Kaen province enjoy the most? The pink round stickers tell the answer: KFC (that’s shortened for “Kwantip Fried Chicken”).

A photo of a girl voting for her school lunch went viral yesterday as netizens praised the people behind the survey campaign that aims to create quality lunch for students. Dubbed Lunch & Learn, the campaign was recently launched by the Creative Economic Agency as part of the annual Isan Creative Festival. It partners with chefs and nutritionists to create menus for five initial schools in Thailand’s northeastern region, involving around 2,000 participating students.

Given a pink round sticker to vote on the white board, students at Ban Non Chai School picked lunch that they wanted to try – from a plate of Hainanese chicken rice with soup and watermelon to butterfly pea rice with green curry, apples and local fruits. 

But the dish the student overwhelmingly opted for the most was the KFC, shortened for Kwantip’s Fried Chicken. It consists of deep-fried chicken, mashed potatoes, coleslaw and guavas. The dish is designed by celeb chef Kwantip Devakula, who will cook it for students today. 

The dishes are claimed to be created using local ingredients and within a budget of not more than THB21 (US$0.67).

The project received mostly positive feedback from netizens.

“Very nice project. I want to go back in time and study at a participating school like this,” wrote Kru-one Ubon Wanwalai Athivaspong on Facebook. “Other school executives and teachers should see this for example and follow suit.”

Sanya Makarin, a teacher involved in the campaign, said he wants to highlight the importance of school lunch for the students to be able to enjoy coming to school.

“If we got the budget and designed a quality lunch for them, the students would want to come to school. And when their stomach is full, they would be focused in classes and this leads to learning happily,” Sanya told The People in an interview. 

Creative Economic Agency will be sharing recipes, along with footages and “moving exhibitions,” from July 9 through August 19 as a part of the Isan Creative Festival.

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