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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 17:48 PM   1
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Throwing School Lunches Away

I'm a mom of a 6 and 8 year old child in New Zealand.

I pack them lunches for school, and I have recently found out that they threw out some of the lunches that I pack (I asked them and they admitted it)

Has anyone else had this problem -where do you live? I know in the US that they have cafeteria lunches but kids still throw away food. Are they actually eating?

What are the meal systems like in your country?

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Old Jan 30th, 2017, 20:45 PM   2
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I am in Canada and here they are not allowed to throw their food out, they have to put it in their backpack for disposal at home. So I always have a pretty good idea of how much they have eaten.

There is no cafeteria in the school, kids eat a packed lunch in their classroom.

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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 04:44 AM   3
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Here children can have either school lunches (hot food served in the school cafeteria) or packed lunches. My children have school lunches but my DS used to have packed lunches and they would send his leftover/uneaten food back in his lunch box.

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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 05:20 AM   4
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At my daughters school they allow them to throw out wrappers/empty packets and crusts. If it is more than the crusts then they aren't allowed to throw it out. My daughter goes packed lunch 1or 2 days of the week and usually comes home with an empty lunchbox. I have no idea if they are very strict about this, I can't see someone standing at the bin checking what kids are throwing out?

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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 08:15 AM   5
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at my DD's school they put everything back into her lunch box - including half eaten sandwiches, fruit peel, yogurt pot/wrappers etc. So i always know how much she has ate.

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Old Jan 31st, 2017, 10:56 AM   6
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DS takes a packed lunch every day and always brings most of it home with him, apart from a few bites out of his sandwiches. I've know idea if his school stop them throwing anything uneaten away or not but I don't really bother as he's always had a good breakfast and has grapes for morning break, if he ate all of his lunch too he'd be having far to much. I still put all the bits in though as when he's coming up to a growth spurt he'll suddenly eat loads.

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Old Feb 1st, 2017, 15:01 PM   7
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I threw away a lot of my lunch when I was young as I hated sandwiches! And also wasn't keen on warm fruit. It never did me any harm. My son has a hot dinner at present and is a hungry Horace so I would never worry he wasn't eating it

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Old Feb 2nd, 2017, 07:09 AM   8
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I live in Gibraltar, which is in the Mediterranean, and our kids bring anything they haven't eaten home with them for this reason. They are still young though, maybe it's different when they go to middle school

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Old Feb 2nd, 2017, 18:34 PM   9
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Did you ask them why they're throwing away their lunch?

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