Our school offers a salad bar every day, and it is my 6-yr old's absolute favorite thing in the cafeteria. I pack a jelly sandwich on wheat bread for his lunch every day (except Fridays - pizza day!), but in addition to the lunch I prepare, he *always* eats the salad bar. My 5-yr old likes the salad bar, too, as well as the little packages of raw baby carrots, apple slices and grapes. Every day, however, they both still prefer the sandwiches that I pack instead of the hot-menu cafeteria food.
The menu provided by the school looks very healthy and nutritious, but my kids just prefer what I pack. Instead of complaining that the menu doesn't appeal to them, I'm happy to pack their lunches.
I don't understand why kids are complaining about the cafeteria food -- don't take it, don't waste it. And if you don't want the cafeteria food, brown bag it from home.