Take a look at 9 lunch scenes from the Shields Gazette archives and they were all taken at schools in the area from Holy Trinity to Simonside.
It is International School Meals Day on March 11 and to celebrate, we thought we would share some memories.
Can you spot someone you know? What was your own favourite school meal?
Join us on a journey back to the dining hall.
1. They grew their own veg at Jarrow Cross
It's 2007 and these Jarrow Cross CofE Primary School pupils had every reason to smile after they grew their own vegetables for soup which was on the menu.
2. Serving up a 2014 reminder at Holy Trinity School
The Mayor and Mayoress take time out to serve the children at Holy Trinity School 7 years ago.
Photo: iain brown
3. A meal with a Spanish theme at Simonside Primary School
A Spanish themed lunch got a great reaction at Simonside Primary School in 2008. Were you a fan?
4. Dinner time at Valley View Primary
Valley View Pimary School deputy head teacher Gemma Newbrook was joined by Laura Green, Lauren Duffy and Caitlyn Frost for lunch in 2008.