what do you prefer school food or home made for school children

Mama Gaby - posted on 10/25/2010 ( 16 moms have responded )




my child wants school foodsand i want her to be eating home mades delivered to her at lunch hour.am in dilemna now please give suggestions.


Joyce - posted on 10/26/2010




I enjoyed making lunch for my daughter. I would ask her what she wanted and pack it. As she got older, the food was coming back uneating. It broke my heart to see the food going to waste. This year I give her a few dollars and whatever...the cost of food is too high to waste. If she comes home hungry...at least I know she will eat whats there..

Barbara - posted on 11/21/2012




I prefer making my boys their lunches for school. Their lunches are packed every night as a ritual. I know they are getting a good meal. They usually have almond butter and jelly on whole grain bread. They usually have an apple or orange or whichever fruit is in season. I let them have goldfish crackers. Sometimes they get yogurt but not every day. If they are still hungry then will let me know and I will give them cut up carrots with dip or applesauce or any cut up veggies. I do not like the idea that most of the lunches at school contains hot dogs, pizza and mac and cheese. I let them have pizza on Friday nights. My boys have not complained yet maybe cos they are only 6 and 8.

Becky - posted on 10/28/2010




school foods are actually very nutritional. my daughter eats school food everyday and she is healthy and happy. i suppose it would depend on what the school is serving that day, but i know that with the lunch calendar, my daughter lets me know if there is something during the week that she wont eat and then she gets a lunch packed for from home. either way i believe that their nutritional needs will be met if they have school lunch or if you have them take a lunch from home. personal preference i suppose. :)

Jennifer - posted on 10/25/2010




Have you tried having the child help pick out the foods, and help make lunch? Also I had a rule 2 school lunches a month, so I knew most of the time they got good meals and the occasional treat. We kept the school lunch menu on the fridge so they could pick out their 2 favorites each month ahead of time.


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K - posted on 11/22/2012




school food is a death sentence! emboss this statement on your brain and google pink slime. and then google jamie oliviers pink slime. then research the obesity epidemic related to sugar. sugar is in stuff you over look, like pretzels, ketchup, everything. make the lunch, they're be slimmer and healthier

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We allow our son to chose 1 school lunch per week since the school lunch calendar is posted and sent home. The rest of the week, we pack up a lunch box. It's really a non-issue here, and he also helps pack his own lunch. There's nothing wrong with a half of a turkey or PB & J sandwich (we use wheat bread here) with some fruit or veggies, a yogurt, and some Goldfish crackers for snack.

Sylvia - posted on 10/29/2010




School food? What school food? o_O

I packed lunch for my DD until this year. Now she packs her own lunch. There's no food at school except when they have pizza lunches as a fundraiser (and DD won't eat pizza that has sauce on it ::sigh::, so that doesn't really affect our lives at all).

If your DD doesn't like what you're packing her for lunch, why not try having her pack her own lunches?

Alison - posted on 10/29/2010




Compromise! Give her at least one school lunch a week. It's a day off for you!!!

If the school food is good enough I would definitely prefer not to be making lunches for everyone.

Julie - posted on 10/28/2010




My child was having horrid headaches and some problems at school
ONE THING that i have seen a noticeable difference in is taking control of what she eats and taking her off school food
The amount of nitrates and preservatives in the food had a horrible effect on her.
Both of my girls have bento boxes and I pack them for them with cut veggies and dips, rice balls, wraps, and really fun colorful lunches...

Stephanie - posted on 10/28/2010




keep a schedule of what will be served at school lunch, most schools will provide that to you. then from there see what is on it that is anywhere close to good for them, for those days they sevre something you dont agree with, send a lunch with them. not everything in school lunches is bad for our kids but also not everything is healthy either. just have to be educated as to how healthy it may be for them.

Georgine - posted on 10/28/2010




School lunches have to meet nutrition guidelines for them to be served to our children. If you child wants to eat lunches at school I would let him/her. My son picks the days he wants hot by marking it on a calendar for me and on the other days I pack his lunch for him.

Lindsey - posted on 10/26/2010




I'm not sure how old your precious one is, but mine are 14, 11, 10&10 and they rarely eat lunch from the cafeteria at school, partly their choice since they are older, but even in younger levels of school I made they're lunch. Portion size is too small, but then again that may be a good thing considering how unheatlhy there cafeteria meals really are. Keep doig what you do; however my only suggestion would be to pack your child's lunch in the morning with either a warmer or ice packet and have your child take it with them at the start of their day. You'll less likely to be expected to bring your child's lunch as they get older. I usually leave a written note on the napkins I put in their lunch box and they really enjoy reading their lil note from mom.

Eliz - posted on 10/25/2010




Home made food is generally more healthy than what they give at the schools. I perfer to pack my children's food. Plus they don't have many choices if they eat school food. Whereas home made you can be more sure they will eat well.

Adrienne - posted on 10/25/2010




You are that child's mother and I truly believe that mother knows best. My children are school aged but I still pack their lunches as opposed to them eating school lunch for the simple fact, they may not eat what the school serves them. I feel better knowing that with what I pack I know they will eat.

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