According to today’s newspapers, the latest idea being bandied about to crack down on unhealthy food in schools is to ban packed lunches.
So, now not only are we being told we can’t put chocolate in packed lunches, and they’re not allowed juice either, (which is the policy in our school) now they’re discussing banning packed lunches altogether?!
How are they going to enforce that one, then? Who’s going to pay for that idea? As I know I’m not about to start forking out £20 a week on two lots of school dinners.
Do they come round and force you to pay, as if you don’t your child gets no dinner?
We’d need everyone to get it all free, for a start, as if you’ve more than one child in school it costs a small fortune.
It’s also patronising and insulting to assume that every parent needs telling what to put in their child’s lunch box, and are incapable of deciding for themselves what is and isn’t healthy.
I know what’s healthy, thanks.
They have a wide range of stuff in their lunch every day – wholemeal sandwich with some protein in, such as chicken or tuna, a piece of fruit such as an apple, banana or satsuma, a yoghurt and a home-made flapjack or bun for dessert.
If there are people out there daft enough to pack their children up with just a chocolate bar and nothing else apart from a bottle full of undiluted squash (which is the reason we’re not allowed juice, apparently) then surely it should be taken up with them?
Not blanket banning the lot of us from things as we can’t be trusted to think healthily and make our own choices.
Nope, it’s not going to work. Unless they’re prepared to give everyone free school dinners.
What do you think?