Apron Goddesses, have you seen this site?
Fed Up: School Lunch Project (By a Teacher who is eating school lunch just like the kids every day in 2010)
If not you should. I knew some school lunch programs were in sad shape and recent efforts in some schools have resulted in improvements to the nutrition and calorie content of kids lunches. BUT there is a long way to go!
If you want a blow by blow account of an average school lunch program check out this site Fed Up: School Lunch Project. It is eye opening.
This teacher's account is matter of fact and shows a photo of the lunch daily. She is also providing other discussions about recess in school too. It's a good site to check out for a "reference" check on your own school lunch program.
We are lucky at our school to have Revolution Foods as the provider of our school lunch program. I love their motto "Make ever bite matter!" We bake cookies and the like at our home but they are given judiciously and I make sure that their "treat" is just that. A treat. And that it does not comprise a large proportion of my kids food. Revolution Foods takes it even further and does not provide any "treats" in the lunch box.
I order my son one lunch per week from their menu and we pack his lunch the other days of the week. The lunches are not packed with extra calories, are tasty and healthy. It's a good thing!
It is so hard to teach a balanced approach to eating in kids. What is healthy? What is a treat? How much treat is OK? I don't think you should eliminate fun snacks in a diet but teach the kids to moderate themselves at an early age....
How is your lunch program? And are you happy with it?