This is a great article about school lunches in Japan.
People in Japan will nod and say yup.
People who have been reading here for a while will role their eyes and say 'another post about school lunches???' as I have been raving about this since Meg started kinder six years ago. But you're lucky. Fact is I have been raving about school lunches since I started teaching here 13 years ago- it's just that my family were my only audience. :)
But I heard from a friend's husband that not all school lunches are created equal though and that some cities with budget balancing problems have tried to economise and ended up with an inferior product (boil in the bag noodles more than once a week?)
I know that many schools/ BOEs struggle to get parents to pay the school lunch fee. Not because it is too expensive for them (there are waivers/ discounts for low income families) but because some people abuse the service knowing that the school won't/ can't refuse to serve a child lunch.
Our school famously has 100% payment rate which I think has a number of causes- it's directly withdrawn from your account each month so you don't have to remember an envelope of money and if you don't have sufficient funds to pay in your account after a second attempt a week later they send a member of the local PTA around to your door to collect in person.
The shame! The embarrassment!
May it continue for a long time!