I don't have a school age child yet but it completely depends on the child I think. When I was in (primary) school everything was turkey and I don't eat meat so I bought a packed lunch, my sister has just gone up to high school and there's no way she'd touch anything the school could serve up to her!
It also depends on how nice the school's cooking is... I once saw the local primary school receive a delivery of pre-peeled frozen potatoes :/
When Imogen starts school I'll just see of I can get hold of a menu then ask her what she'd prefer
DS was on school dinner. The reason being we took him off as what they wrote down what he had, we knew he didn't eat half of it as he didn't like it. Then when he had pirates day before the end of year last year we had to give him a pack lunch. So on the final day he said 'I want a packed lunch for school' Since we already paid for school dinners for that day he had them. But this year he still wants packed lunch so he does. It works out cheaper also and worked out we spend about £1 a day on his lunch, plus we can see how much he is eating. It in the long run has worked out better for us, but it depends on the child. As of next year all children until the age of 7 get free school dinners, so that's food for thought also.
Niamh will be having a packed lunch. They might have made school meals healthier but the combinations my brother was having was not healthy at all. Mash, roasties, a portion on carrots and then cake or a chicken sandwich on wholemeal with some cucumber, peppers and carrot sticks on the side with a yogurt, grapes and a banana? I know what I'd pick.
Maria will be having school dinners (they're free here so I'd be crazy to pack a lunch), I like that she'll get to eat things that I won't cook at home like liver casserole so she'll get a bit more variety in her diet.
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