If a child opts to have school dinners, then the school should make an effort to provide children with healthy, nutritious food. I believe that if a child chooses to eat from school, they and their parents should be able to trust that the food they'll be getting is going to be good for them. Some children can't afford to bring their own lunch in, so they are allowed to have free school dinners. In this case, it is crucial that the school provides these kids with nutritious food.
Students learn a lot of things at school. Schools should be responsible for teaching students about nutrition and taking all the action needed to ensure that students lead healthy lives. This does not mean banning junk foods, this means taking certain actions to help children make healthier choices. If children are taught about the importance of nutrition and are helped with making choices, their lives will be healthier.
I think that schools have the responsibility to make sure that students have enough balance in their diets and that the students are getting the proper nutrition and calories needed. In school, a lot of students have trouble making good choices on what to eat, like eating only pizza and junk food while not eating vegetables or fruit. I think that schools should try to nudge students to eat healthier food options but not dictate what they eat on every occasion.
Schools for the most part do offer lunches to students, and given that there are families who depend on this service it's unlikely that this practice is going anywhere.
So since schools provide lunches they should provide healthy, nutritional lunches. Your taxpayer dollars should go to promoting healthy children. Junk food leads not just to obesity but lower cognition and physical sluggishness. It leads to all sorts of health problems. None of this is good for society in the long run and so it isn't good for the average person when people live unhealthy lifestyles. Even if you personally are already making healthy choices you can still be effected by it.
Two years ago in my 8th grade AVID class, my class viewed a documentary on the effects of fast food on a man everyday as a social experiment to see what the truth is about food nowadays. At 2/3 of the movie, there was a section dedicated to School's particularly involved with the controversial act of giving students junk food and fast food, one of them claims it's the brands fault but to me that is blasphemy! Brands should not be held against their will if one student got obese from consuming the same product for a few months, that is the student's responsibility NOT the school. If you take into an account, students usually bring of all kinds of products that risk their healthful they want to eat it, they blame their health at the brands, their ignorance cannot take a stand because they are the ones who consumed that product and risked their health people need to understand and be logical on what they consume without the need to point the finger at someone else.
But they should be responsible for the nutritional value of the food they provide. When an underage student is dropped off at school, it is a transfer of a duty of care. While the school should not be responsible for the food a child chooses to eat, they should be responsible for the nutritional value of the meals they provide as alternatives to students who can't or won't eat other meals. There should be a minimum nutritional standards that parents can count on.
-As long as schools provide enough choices to make a healthy meal, the rest is not their responsibility.
-Not all kids are the same so their dietary needs and tastes are not the same. A very active kid will need a higher calorie diet than a kid that is not. There are also dietary choices that may not be suitable for all kids like vegetarians. Schools tend to provide a few choices as to what the child may want. By the time the child reaches the end of the lunch line, they should have picked out what they feel they need to make it till the school day is over. Seeing that it is the child's choices, I don't see how the school is responsible.
-Times have changed since I had a school lunch. Back then, we didn't have choices like burgers or pizza. It was usually some main dish like turkey or ham, a limited choice of vegetable, a piece of fruit and milk. Today, schools have made more "kid friendly" menu options to make school lunches more appealing. This is due to the demand of students themselves. Not sure but I believe they still offer other menu options as well.
-If the school only gave out already prepared food trays that fit the students dietary needs, that does not mean the child will eat it. If they don't want to eat what they get, they will not get enough for those needs. It's not like the school is going to have someone walk around and make sure every student cleans their plate. They are school employees, not their moms.
-If the school does not provide what the student or parent wants provided, they could always pack a lunch.
In the end, the school can only provide options, it is up to the student or parent of the student that is responsible for what they eat.