Coco Brooks Pizza has taken over cafeteria operations at nine Calgary schools.

The Calgary Board of Education says the companies running the school cafeterias could not meet new guidelines that restrict foods with high levels of sugar, fat and salt. As a result, many school cafeterias had been closed.

Some students and parents are not pleased that a pizza company has landed the contract to operate the cafeterias. Crescent Heights High School student Ooroba Farim says it sends a mixed message.

“They’ve been promoting healthy food since junior high and then they open a pizza store; it’s weird.”

Carmie Nearing, whose son is also a student at Crescent Heights, says the school’s cafeteria had been closed at the start of term and the students often ate lunch at local fast-food restaurants.

While she is pleased the cafeteria is open, she is concerned about the choice of a pizza chain to operate the facility.

“These kids really need brain food and for me I don't think pizza is brain food,” said Nearing.

Cathy Faber of the school board says the Coco Brooks-operated cafeterias offer salads, pasta, sandwiches and fruit in addition to pizzas.

She says the reopening of the cafeterias keeps students in the schools and away from fast-food restaurants.

“We are seeing the trend reverse and that is exactly what we had hoped would happen.”

According to Faber, the school board is working with the pizza company to modify some of its ingredients to ensure the food meets the board’s new guidelines on nutrition.

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  • Philippines

    "NO FRILLS school lunch in the Philippines" <a href="http://imgur.com/CwcCu"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/CwcCul.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • Finland

    "It's rice with a chicken sauce that has some salami mixed in. A bit of a weird combination but worked fine. Dessert is chocolate mousse." <a href="http://imgur.com/5xsIP"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/5xsIPl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • South Korea

    "You always get rice. Always. Sometimes they'll mix it up and add some grains or curry to it. Top right corner are Sesame leaves with a sweet honey sauce. You're suppose to use the leaves as a wrap and pack it with rice. This particular soup was a pumpkin potato soup. The food in the middle is a Korean pancake. It's made from a batter of eggs and green onions. Sometimes they'll add peppers and octopus. Above the pancake is Kimchi. Again, it's like rice. You're always gonna have it. It's a traditional Korean dish made with fermented cabbage. Chili paste is used to make it. It's almost like wine. The more it ages, the better it tastes. Top right is a sweet and sour salad that's mostly made with cucumbers and carrots. A lot of chili's are used to make Korean food so it's all relatively spicy. 'Good for the soul!'" <a href="http://imgur.com/USjuA"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/USjuAl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I see your Finnish, and Swedish school lunch, and I raise you our USA school lunch...." <a href="http://imgur.com/YLkxw"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/YLkxwl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • India

    "I see your Finnish school lunch & South Korean school lunch and raise you South Indian School lunch" <a href="http://imgur.com/LEZPp"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/LEZPpl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I see all of your school lunches, and raise you my American school lunch..." <a href="http://imgur.com/5AGar"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/5AGarl.png" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I see your Finnish and Swedish school lunches and fold...with my American lunch." <a href="http://imgur.com/usWvG"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/usWvGl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "This is an american high school lunch!" <a href="http://imgur.com/6wTIz"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/6wTIzl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • Denmark

    "On this plate of danish cuisine is roasted duck, potatoes and red/white cabbage." <a href="http://imgur.com/SjDCh"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/SjDChl.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • England

    "Time for an English school lunch." <a href="http://imgur.com/37KWk"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/37KWkl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A

    "I see your South Korean school lunch and raise you my American school lunch." <a href="http://imgur.com/e4o9t"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/e4o9tl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "A typical school lunch at La Joya High School (parts of it were raw!!)... chicken??" <a href="http://imgur.com/W0cEJ"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/W0cEJl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • China

    "School lunch in China." <a href="http://imgur.com/p24dD"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/p24dDl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I see all of your international lunches and raise you a Georgian school lunch. 'Merica" <a href="http://imgur.com/ynDv5"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/ynDv5l.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I See Your Swedish School Lunch, But Here's My 'Healthy' American Lunch." <a href="http://imgur.com/qqgq6"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/qqgq6l.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • Japan

    "I see your Finnish, Swedish, and American school lunch, and I raise you a Japanese Kyushoku (school lunch)...." <a href="http://imgur.com/UskXj"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/UskXjl.png" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • Japan

    "I see your Finnish, Swedish, and US lunches, and raise you the (free) school lunch in Japan." <a href="http://imgur.com/bxTzz"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/bxTzz.jpg" alt="" title="Hosted by imgur.com" /></a>

  • Japan

    "Top left: Yaki-onigiri (grilled rice ball). Top right: Gobou salad (burdock root with broccoli, corn, mayo, and tuna) Bottom left: Cheese Bottom right: Curry udon" <a href="http://imgur.com/eGi6b"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/eGi6bl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "Excuse me, Chicago school lunch comin through..." <a href="http://imgur.com/ZyCH1"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/ZyCH1l.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • U.S.A.

    "I see your amazing school lunch and hate you because this is American school lunch." <a href="http://imgur.com/MMt4y"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/MMt4yl.jpg?1" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • Sweden

    "This is why I eat my school lunch" <a href="http://imgur.com/GllUO"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/GllUOl.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • Finland

    "This is one of the many school lunches I ate while living in Finland for a year. Fresh salad, smoked salmon, broccoli and potatoes" <a href="http://imgur.com/Be3xi"><img src="http://i.imgur.com/Be3xil.jpg" title="Hosted by imgur.com" alt="" /></a>

  • USA School Lunch

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ryan8227"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/100002818538118/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/ryan8227">ryan8227</a>:<br />

  • Latin School of Chicago school lunch

    <a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Trisha_Flassing"><img style="float:left;padding-right:6px !important;" src="http://graph.facebook.com/741909382/picture?type=square" /></a><a href="http://www.huffingtonpost.com/social/Trisha_Flassing">Trisha Flassing</a>:<br />Acorn squash stuffed with sausage, warm farro salad and sage cream sauce.