oliversmum2000, Jamie Oliver is great (I'm a fan), uses simple ingredients that pack lots of flavor
Deirdre, when I lived in NoCA I read lots about Alice Waters and the local schools and hoped that one day when I had kids they might have the same offerings. I'm pretty sure she's influenced a lot of other schools since then.
Our school hired a woman from CA (Berkeley area if I recall) to create a healthy menu. I read about it back in Sept and have forgotten details. Basically, they switched from white to whole flours and grains, removed trans fats and high fruit syrups, and added soy and organic items. It costs $2.75 a meal, and about $1.50 or so for any other snacks. I can't flip the bill every day but I'm pleased about the changes.
My dd is in K so I'm sending her in with choc milk & Sunchips as a little snack for now. I can do better. Good thread, I need to kick back in gear with healthy foods.