Which is why we have to take the opportunity, while children are with us during the school day, to teach them about healthy eating, and feed them healthy food. Regardless of whether their parents can/will pay for it. Education and cooking lessons are just as important so that the children will continue to make themselves healthy food when they grow up. We don't allow children to eat snacks during the morning so they tend to be hungry at lunch time and most of them eat their school dinner. However, many bring unhealthy packed lunches. This would change if school dinners were free for everyone, I believe.