Most of Japanese elementary schools provide the school lunch for children.
Since the menus are organized by each school nutritionists, the lunch are well balanced and many children are looking forward to the lunch time. The parents also appreciate the lunch especially whose child are picky eater. Those children are good try to eat new food they don't eat at home, but with their friends. Children learn the food culture, what is the seasonal ingredients, and their local food through the daily lunch.
The menus are consist of carbohydrate, such as rice, bread or noodles, meat or fish for main dish, seasonal vegetables, soup and milk.
I was impressed to see the school lunch in the US, when I lived there, that the hot lunch at the school provided mostly pizza and potatoes. My son loved the lunch there and I thought it was wonderful that my son looking for something at the school.
This fried soft bread has been very popular, the unhealthy one 、since I was a elementary school girl. The bread is flied and dread with sugar. I believe this bread is on the menu once a month, and everybody looking forward to the day.
Since I'm a food education instructor, I have chances to instruct cooking to school children. Kids are always curious for ingredients and cooking I believe that come from their daily school lunch custom. Food that children eat effects the body and mental growth so the school lunch has an important role for them.