I'm so curious where ya'll stand on the school lunch debate: Do you pack a lunch for the kids or do they buy the hot lunch from school? I'm a lunch packer. Every. Single. Day. (We don't have a choice due to food allergies.) So I feel like I'm a bit of a lunch packing expert. Expert for my kid, that is. I know exactly what is actually going to get eaten. I know exactly how to fill that belly until she steps off the bus in the afternoon. However to the average outsider I'm sure the contents of her lunchbox might seem weird:
I never really gave two thoughts to what other kids ate for lunch. This is just what works for my kid. However at Back to School night recently we parents received a lecture on why it is so important to purchase the school lunch. One of the guidance counselors stood up and testified on why school lunch is such a bargain and how the meals are so healthy. To cap it off, she showed a picture of a school lunch and countered it with pictures of packed lunches she had spotted around the cafeteria. She considered the packed lunches far inferior to the school lunch.
Anywho...I'm a bit paranoid about the lunchbox now. We have a running joke when Eden steps off the bus and I ask her if anyone took a picture of her lunch today. (So far the answer has been no. Phew!) As you can see, I'm getting over my paranoia by publishing my own pictures.
These are my usual lunchbox warriors. I spent $10 on the containers and wrappings and these will last me at least until January. The groceries totaled about $20 but they're used for more than just school lunch. Also, obviously this feeds my girl for more than a week. In all, I feel like packed lunch is still a bargain. Especially since I know it's all going to be consumed.
So I'm curious: where do you stand in the lunch game? Do you pack? Buy? Do you consider buying school lunch a good use of food money? Gawd it must be convenient! I hear you can just load money onto a magic card and forget about weekday lunches until the money runs out. Sounds heavenly. My lunches may not be Pinterest-worthy (I'm NOT a cut your sandwich in the shape of a Death Star kind of Mom) but they get the job done. I'd love to hear your views of school lunch!