Good grief....If Jamie Oliver were not alive he'd be turning in his grave...Anyone else seen his program for reforming school lunches in the UK? I reckon (no matter what you think of him otherwise), it's an excellent idea.
School cafeterias are pretty much non-existent here, so we've missed all the joyful concoctions listed here.. The schools generally have a tuck shop serving meat pies, pasties, sausages rolls and meat and/or salad sandwiches, plus fruits. All soft drinks (sodas) have been banned for years in my kids' school, plus chips, chocolates, all the yummy stuff :)
And all schools are nut free. The panic about allergies is as bad here as anywhere. I had a birthday party for my son's 8th many moons ago, and one boy had a nut allergy. His mother insisted on staying, complete with injection actually in hand, ready to jump up and use it. Didn't have enough time with running things to ask her how bad it was, but surely it must have (the boy survived the party btw).
My school lunches in lower school were normally either a tomato sandwich (real butter...yum) on the ubiquitos white bread for 10c, if you were lucky you could score the end pieces of the loaf with butter for 5c or in winter (and if we were rich that week) a meat pie and a cream filled bun for the grand total of 19c. In high school.....we girls were all pretty weird and didn't take any lunch, or except maybe a piece of fruit, or 2 crispbreads (Ryvita) glued together with Vegemite. Just filled up on the lovely chlorinated water. Tuck shop was still there, but it was too long a wait, and everyone was a slave of girls magazines telling you to be thin. Drink of choice by some was....Tab! But you had to try and hide the label or you thought people would laugh at you for drinking a diet drink.