I'm slightly bemused by the posts at the beginning of the thread that imply that school dinners will ensure a healthy and quality diet for all. As soon as people are fed en masse by an outsourced company then considerations of health are always put second to considerations of profit. (I'd also be interested in investigating the relationship between economising and food miles, but that's not the topic here...). And the more people you feed, the more scope for economising there is; but coincidentally the biggest wholesale % discounts can only be attained on the unhealthiest products. (Look in CostCo if you ever get the chance, it's a good walk-in example) And even if we were to assume a catering company which achieved an acceptable level of healthy food, I still agree with @Calpurnia99, that the outrageous level of pickiness that children are now reared into would guarantee two things. Firstly- a huge level of wastage due to required statutory covers versus inevitable rejection. Secondly those who got wise to whatever yuk they would have to face that day would simply load their boots with sweets in the morning to get them through without feeling hunger. The wealthiest children habitually eating the worst carp. That's one way to turn the tables!