- How much is your childs school dinner money ?
Lunch provision at schools comes directly out of their budget with the only subsidies being for children from low income households & those under state supervision. Cost & quality vary greatly & there are a number of outside factors that can influence them- not least the number of kids that take their own in- but to put it into a local perspective, my son’s last school changed to outside contractors who reduced the cost, widened the menu & (according to the kids) improved the food. For some odd reason these outside firms are regulated but in-house catering isn’t.
One quite unfortunate issue is parents who send their children to school with no lunch nor any money. The school is compelled to ensure all pupils are fed so end up subsidising these children which impacts on everyone else – there were 9 such kids (out of 300 potentials) last year & whilst it was ‘only’ £1.95 that was for every kid, every school day. Their options are to either sue the family for the money or report them to Social Services – generally speaking, neither course of action was taken. In some other schools in the area, this number was considerably higher.Posted 4 years agofreddygMember
£2.70 in North Leicestershire. Primary.
The cost has just gone up and the quality has seriously dropped off. I have had many a discussion with the local authority about this.
Pasta with chips anyone? Or how about yesterdays lunch: jacket potato with chips, cheese and beans. Grrr.
Whenever we can, we send them with a packed lunch but as I work away during the week and MrsG is managing the home/kids/part-time job, it’s not always possible.Posted 4 years agobinnersSubscriber
I don’t remember the exact details of all that angsty middle class guff that Jamie Oliver was slobbering on about… it was a few years back, after all, he’s moved on to criticising poor people nowadays… but I seem to remember the upshot of it being that its your parental duty to drop one of these off for your little darlings at lunchtime….
Posted 4 years ago40mpgSubscriber
Nothing like setting your kids up for a good start in life….
Exactly. The occasional oversight is one thing but these were deliberate acts & a couple of the mums were quite open and proud of the fact.
This – just send them in empty handed and stop whinging. At my wifes school, parents have been heard in the playground boasting about how much ‘free’ lunches they’ve got away with.
Not only lunches but school trips and even trips to France where they’ve signed the kid up then refused to pay.
There’s very little the school can practically do other than put teh cost up for those with a conscience unfortunately.Posted 4 years agozapMember
Little zap started High school yesterday, they have a swipe card system and canteen with loads of options, canteen is open morning, break and lunch. The school recommends £2.50 a day. Trouble is he eats like a hobbit and is as skinny as hell. Yesterday he spent £5.00, I think he bought two lunches, one at break and one at dinner, today sent with more money to load the card and snacks and drinks, hopefully the novelty will wear off soon or he will be on packed lunches, before we take out a second mortgage to feed him.Posted 4 years agonotmyrealnameSubscriber
One quite unfortunate issue is parents who send their children to school with no lunch nor any money. The school is compelled to ensure all pupils are fed so end up subsidising these children which impacts on everyone else – there were 9 such kids (out of 300 potentials) last year & whilst it was ‘only’ £1.95 that was for every kid, every school day. Their options are to either sue the family for the money or report them to Social Services – generally speaking, neither course of action was taken. In some other schools in the area, this number was considerably higher.
Out of interest, why aren’t Social Services involved in the cases where the children are deliberately sent with no food or money for food?Posted 4 years agoprawnyMember
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Pasta with chips anyone? Or how about yesterdays lunch: jacket potato with chips, cheese and beans
mmmmmmmmmmmm nom nom nom
Reminds me of a bit from Ben & Holly’s Little Kingdom
‘Baked potato, stuffed with potato, with chips -and mash- with a fried egg on top’
Keep trying and failing to get the mrs to do us that for tea, don’t know what I pay her for.Posted 4 years ago
Out of interest, why aren’t Social Services involved in the cases where the children are deliberately sent with no food or money for food?
My understanding is that because the schools have to feed the kids it is so far down the list at social services that nothing ever gets done. At best, it ends up in an order to the parents to resolve the situation then goes into a lengthy (years) appeal process which includes claims for free school meal entitlement etc.
If it goes through full process then there is the possibility that the child becomes statements which means they’ll end up getting it for free anyway, or so I was told.Posted 4 years agofizzicistMember
£2.65/day here I think.
However we send him in with a packed lunch. Thus we can ensure he gets plenty of salt, refined sugar and other crap we fill him with to ensure he’s an obesity statistic.*
*So they seem to think. We’ve had a couple of reproachful notes left that he had too much food / something unhealthy etc. He’s 5 and walks/scoots/cycles 2 miles a day, will only drink water or milk, doesn’t like sweets and would rather ride his bike than play computer games. Yet because he’s a big kid (as in built like a brick privvy, not fat) we got told he shouldn’t really have a chocolate biscuit in his lunch. Error of ways was pointed out.Posted 4 years agotomasoSubscriber
£2 per day. At my eldest daughter’s school they offer a discount for paying for a weeks worth – bringing it down from £10 to £8 a week. Great for those able to afford it.
Kids seem happy with lunches mostly. They sued to have packed lunches but requested school meals…Posted 4 years agolukeMember
it’s about £2.40ish but my kids don’t partake, we offer them the choice but, they are segregated when eating and most of there friends take a packed lunch, the food is ok in quality according to the kids but the portions are very small and so they are still hungry, and lastly the menu combinations can be odd so finding a day when they would eat the whole meal is tricky.Posted 4 years ago
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