|Don't school districts have nutritionists?
I don't know about schools, but my grandmother was in a nursing home a few years ago. After seeing what was in their cafeteria, we took her every single meal for the duration.
They DID have a nutritionist on staff (I know her, she has her masters) and guidelines to follow and it was disgusting. Diced tomatoes from a can, period. Nothing added, not added TO something, just dumped on a tray. Burnt white heat and serve rolls. A "meat" we honestly could not identify. No wonder so many people decline so fast, they had nothing to EAT.
The horribly sad part (well, one of them, anyway) was that one of the men who lived there had a small but very productive vegetable patch outside and the nutritionist refused to use it. Direct quote: if it don't come off a truck, I ain't serving it (Oh yes. Has her masters. Lives in this community. Had to face the families of those people and still feeding them canned tomatoes dumped on a tray). It was such a waste, especially when so many of these people grew up with gardens and eating fresh vegetables. I can't TELL you how many times my grandmother and her friends would ask for whatever was in season (you can't bring three meals a day to one person and not end up taking them for a lot of others, too. It just feels mean).
If this is "up to standards" for our older population, I doubt it's much better for our young people.