Home lunch or school lunch- what's better?

Kalynn - posted on 03/22/2013 ( 5 moms have responded )




My son's daycare provides lunch for them. Is it better for me to pack his lunch or let him eat there? (mindful) I'm funny about where he eats but they seem to feed them really great food.


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Rebecca - posted on 03/26/2013




i'd make sure the food is healthy and they aren't just relying on the old outdated usda food pyramid and counting ketchup as a vegetable. if it's healthy, with healthy fats and dairy (not skim), low in sugar, no corn syrup, and some veggies and fruits, of course, why not eat it? if it's not, send a lunch with him. even if it's more work it's worth it to have his good health.

Ev - posted on 03/26/2013




As far as a daycare or preschool, a lot of them are on the USDA program and get reimbersed for the food they make for the kids. They have to have certain amounts of all food groups accounted for at each meal and snack. As far as I know, the part of the state that licenses daycare providers requires them to serve foods that are of nutritional value. So I would think that the food would be good for the child and safe to eat. They have to be careful in daycare places how they handle food and drinks where children are concerned. Also some places do not allow food to be brought in no matter if it is home made or not because it is different from what the others get and then those kids will wonder why they do not have what Johnny and Sally have. It makes it harder for the teachers too as it causes a lot of distractions to the other kids. If McD's is brought in for instance...those kids are going to want fries too. I know a lot of places will allow it for those on special diets because of allergies or nutritional needs.

Hope this helps.

Michelle - posted on 03/25/2013




Our daycare provides a cooked lunch every day and to stay an accredited centre is has to provide a balanced meal with all of the food groups. I know my kids get a healthy meal at daycare.

Tyla - posted on 03/22/2013




Well if what they are feeding him there is good for him (healthy, fruit, veggies, so on) I would let him eat there because I am sure that it is included in what you pay to send him there

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