I’m sure Judy Lewis’ complaints about the quality of school lunches spring from the best of intentions (“Time to trim the fat in school lunches,” Oct. 24), but she should be more careful when attributing direct quotes to nonprofit organizations without double-checking her facts.

Contrary to her claim, the Center for Consumer Freedom has never complained that lawmakers are “eager to dictate kids’ [eating] habits.” That phrase was part of a title given by the Orange County Register to an op-ed piece I wrote this year. The words came from the opinion page headline writer, not the Center for Consumer Freedom.

The Center fully supports parents in their efforts to keep their kids healthy and fit. Lewis is absolutely correct to say that parents should “persuade… local school boards to provide nutritious lunches.” It is parents who should influence nutrition policy, not overreaching fringe activist groups with hidden agendas.

When parents are effective in nudging school board bureaucracies in what they believe is the right direction, they fill a power vacuum that might otherwise be occupied by “food police” radicals who would ban entire classes of food from schools, money-hungry trial lawyers looking for excuses to sue school board members over nutrition policies, and even animal-rights zealots who want to march kids into forced vegetarianism.