I dont know if this counts as a fad or survival but here’s some background
the junior high schools I went to (yes i went to 2 at the same time) one was a beat up rundown just patched up enough to meet federal codes and the other side was the school for physically and mentally disabled kids and 2 classes of well pretty normal kids with emotional and such problems but couldn’t handle normal classes for one reason or another most kids in foster care juvenile hall etc our side was about 5 rooms and a smaller room with our principal nurse and juvenile div sheriff officer but from the “normal” side split by chain a link fence and was moderately less old beat up and run down but they shared a few things like a lunchroom and such and a few of us who were advanced enough socially got to go back and forth
Well I had just enough problems that id been in those classes since 3rd grade … and since I knew how not to get caught in various shenanigans I was considered acceptable to have half of my classes on the normal side
the “fad” was what most of the school learned to do was cover any food substance in either ranch or bbq sauce that was in copiously provided 5 gallon-sized pumps (you didn’t use the ketchup because that came in tiny packers and was usually frozen)why?
because well the health dept shut down the cafeteria at least twice for serving incorrectly stored food aka the infamous green burger incident in which to save money they froze the premade burgers a bit too long and they spoiled while frozen … the other one was when they decided to have Mexican rice and a girl asked if the rice was supposed to be still moving …
And if it was supposed to be edible it was frozen or half-cooked or burnt (sometimes you hit the jack pot and it was all 3) or just gristly greasy or just blech …after a while you just covered it in the sauces. and just tried not to think about it much like a 15/16th-century sailor eating months old hardtack … t
The juvenile hall kids actually asked for the bagged lunches that they could get and for the severely disabled kids on the other side the principal went over the school and school districts head and talked Edwards air force base into donating mres that could be warmed up in a microwave if they thought the food was inedible … to this day I will put bbq sauce on everything but ice cream …
ironically about 10 or so years ago when Obamas sec of education pushed for better safety inspections the jr high failed which surprised absolutely and it was discovered that it needed 30 mil in repairs to be up to federal code it was decided to put the bullet in the head of the horse fossil and shut it down and the last year only had 8th grade students … it was sold to a group who was starting a junior university/trade school who received a grant to fix it up for about 3 mil