What parents should know about school lunch

Dec. 16, 2010 at 10:23 AM ET

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This is allegedly pasta.
Marion Nestle
  • Don’t rely on the written menu alone. What you consider “meatloaf” is probably something very different from the processed meat slab your kids get served at school. Even something as simple as a peanut butter and jelly sandwich can take a bizarre turn, Mrs. Q discovered.
  • Don’t blame the lunch ladies! Those poor souls in hairnets are doing the best they can with very limited resources.
  • Go in person and check it out. “The most important thing is for parents to go look,” says Nestle, professor of nutrition, food studies and public health at New York University and author of “What To Eat.” “Some school foods are terrific (people who care). Some not.”