Errrmmmmm, we are only two weeks into the new school year and yet we already have some kids going to school with some absolutely shocking packed lunches as reported by The Mirror
Some of these are quite shocking, we have an eight-year-old boy from Manchester who took in a can of dark fruits cider! He said he mistook it for a soft drink!
Another child who turned up with no packed lunch or cash for a meal said he’d had cereal with water on it for breakfast because ‘mum needed the milk for her coffee’.
The teacher – one of dozens sharing stories on Facebook – said: “I’m not ashamed to say I cried when he told me that.”
Over in West Yorkshire, a primary school pupil went in with a pork pie and a can of shandy.
He told teachers at his school in Halifax that he had made the lunch himself because ‘that’s all there was in the fridge’.
Another student was sent in with a can of Red Bull and a bag of Monster Munch corn snacks.
In Birmingham, a child arrived at school with a Happy Meal box with a cold McDonald’s burger and fries.According to their gran it had been bought the day before but the pupil hadn’t wanted it so it was a ‘shame for it go to waste’ – INDIAN GOT TO BE
A teacher in Leeds said a youngster turned up with nothing but a packet of ginger biscuits explaining mum had been ‘too tired’ to go to the shops.
She also questioned the mother of a pupil with a can of Red Bull and was told: “He’d had a late night on his Xbox and seemed like he needed a pick-me-up.”
Staff in primary schools monitor packed lunches.
Unhealthy or unsuitable items can be confiscated and handed to parents at the end of class – instead children get a free school meal worth around £2.20.
The NHS’s Change4Life healthy eating campaign advises parents making packed lunches to include a healthy sandwich or wrap, a piece of fruit, a treat like a jelly or malt loaf and a bottle of water or sugar-free drink.
They are urged to replace crisps, chocolate and biscuits with homemade plain popcorn, plain rice cake, or fruited teacakes.