From The New York Times: PATIENT MONEY: Putting Nutrition at the Head of the School Lunch Line
Still, at many schools, lunches are neither tasty nor nutritious. While more than 70 percent of schools serve lunches that meet the guidelines for nutrients like vitamins, minerals and protein, many serve meals that are high in fat, salt and sugar, according to a School Nutrition Dietary Assessment study… “School lunches are based on an outdated idea — that hungry kids only need calories,” said Margo G. Wootan, director of nutrition policy at the Center for Science in the Public Interest, a health advocacy group. “But what hungry kids need is healthy food.”
START PACKING If school lunches are not a nutritionally viable option where you live (or your child is a very picky eater), then combine good nutrition with economies of scale. Rather than buy prepackaged food items, which are expensive, wasteful and often not that healthy, invest in a lunchbox, a Thermos and plastic containers for sandwiches, leftovers and vegetables.