Candy and soft drinks were not available at the schools I attended in the fifties and early sisties.
They weren’t that readily available at home either! I survived.
I don’t want the government involved in my food choices in any way, but when did this stuff start being available in schools anyway?
My mother worked in our school cafeteria when I was growing up in the 50’s. She took the menus the school sent them, and then jazzed them up a bit with some spicing and other innovations. (My mom was a great down home cook!)
The did have a dessert on the menu every day—often is was cookies. My mom was known far and wide for her chocolate cookies—LOL!
She also made fruit pies with whatever fruit was in season. She made individual fruit pies, which she baked in the oven. They were a favorite of the kids.
I don’t recall more than a half dozen kids in our school that had what one would term a weight problem.