The (very) big breakfast

4th September 2009 at 01:00
Children at a US school who sit down to their "midday" meal at 9.40am

Many schools are familiar with staggering lunch sittings to fit a lot of pupils into a small dining room. Spare a thought then for children at a US school who sit down to their "midday" meal at 9.40am.

The cafeteria at 1,805-strong Archbishop Ryan High in Philadelphia can seat just 500. Parents fear their children will not be ready for lunch after breakfast and will snack, but Archbishop Ryan's president Mike McArdle, said: "You get the food at its freshest."

Archbishop Ryan doesn't even have the earliest lunchtime in Philadelphia: Father Judge High has its first sitting at 9.30am, while Central High starts serving up at 8.20am.

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