I don't have any experience yet with lunches in our local school yet. I've heard the range of parental comments from how generally awful the food is to how great it is that the pizza has whole wheat crust. I'm sure the school is pretty average, maybe even above average. I plan to mostly pack lunches for my kids so I honestly haven't really given the lunch program much thought.
Last week I received a form in the mail to apply for our district's free lunch program. The form went straight into the recycle bin as I know we won't qualify. It did remind me of a conversation I had at a birthday party last spring with two other moms. One happens to work in a school lunch room, the other is an elementary school teacher. The lunch room mom was telling us about all the complaints from upper middle class parents, and the teacher mom commented that she can't complain about the lunches. For many of her students, it is the best or only meal of their day. It was an instant change in my paradigm (as Stephen covey would say...).
It is a good reminder for us moms who are so worried about from where our child's food comes - local and/or organic? In all of our concern, may we remember that there are other moms who also worry about from where their child's food comes - or if it will come at all.