Simple solution, homeschool the kids.
That said, I assume you are referring to the National School Lunch Program? Which says school lunchs must meet meal pattern and nutrition standards based on the latest Dietary Guidelines for Americans..
The current meal pattern increases the availability of fruits,vegetables, and whole grains in the school menu.The meal pattern’s dietary specifications set specific calorie limits to ensure age - appropriate meals for grades K - 5, 6 -8, and - 12. Other meal enhancements include gradual reductions in the sodium content of the meals (sodium targets must be reached by SY 2014 - 15, SY 2017 - 18 and SY 2022 - 23).
While school lunches must meet Federal meal requirements, decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared are made by local school food authorities.
The Agriculture Department says 524 schools — out of about 100,000 — have dropped out of the federally subsidized national school lunch program since the government introduced new standards for healthier foods last year.
If schools do not follow the rules, or if they drop out, they are not eligible for the federal dollars that reimburse them for free and low-cost meals served to low-income students. That means wealthier schools with fewer needy students are more likely to be able to operate outside of the program. According to the USDA data, gathered from the states that administer the programs, 90 of the 524 schools that dropped out of the program said specifically that they did so because of the new meal-plan requirements. Most of the rest did not give a reason.
Do I feel this is denial of freedom by the government?
I feel this is the government denying local school food authorities their right to decisions about what specific foods to serve and how they are prepared. Even though they do have the right to opt out most can't afford to lose the federal funding if they were to opt out.
But worse than the notion that the government is forcing our children to eat food substance we may or may not approve of is the ever increasing intrusion of government into all aspects of our lives and if we as "the people" continue to take a back seat to these intrusions we will wake up one day realizing we no longer have any rights that aren't dictated by the government and that just ain't right! Ain't right at all.