It all started one day at the beginning of last year when she forgot to pack her lunch. Mrs. Q–a pseudonym that this elementary school teacher used for a year online–had to, for the first time, eat a meal from the school cafeteria with her students, reports the Huffington Post. She wasn’t happy with what she was presented with: a hot dog in soggy dough, six tater tots, a Jell-O cup and chocolate milk, USA Today reports.

“That particular meal seemed barely recognizable as food,” she told Good Morning America Wednesday. “I was struck by the fact that the students I’m working with really rely on the school for so much, including potentially their best meal of the day.”

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