I just attended the School Nutrition Association's Annual National Conference in Denver and learned a lot about the new nutritional standards that will be put in place for any school district participating in the school lunch program. They were very impressive! (photos HERE) It's hard to believe how any district could be serving non-nutritious lunches anymore. New guidelines include sodium limits, trans-fat limits, more fruits and veggies (and more variety), and requirements for whole grains. Most of the things they are now requiring will be healthier than what my kids eat at a typical lunch from home.
My main reason for buying school lunch is the convenience factor. Secondly, I don't think I could pack a lunch for the price. Our school lunches are around $2 each (can't remember exactly).
What are your reasons for packing lunches from home, or purchasing school lunch?