Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

Healthy lunch, healthy kids Fruit, bread and veges, not high­sugar snacks Tap wa­ter, not soft drinks

car­rot (and cu­cum­ber) and sand­wich. Ba­nana: 30 cents (ap­ples are more pop­u­lar in our house­hold). Car­rot: 28 cents. One fifth of loaf of brown bread: 80 cents. That would leave 62 cents-worth of spreads or fill­ings like cheese, peanut but­ter and mar­mite, un­less you just want to grate the car­rot in, which ac­tu­ally makes a half-de­cent fill­ing.

The 62 cents can then be spent on some­thing else. Yoghurts were on spe­cial for $3.80 for a pack of six.

This is the first time I have priced out chil­dren’s lunches, and I ad­mit, what I have just sketched out doesn’t earn you brag­ging rights in the play­ground.

My chil­dren tell me some of their peers get sweets in their lunches ev­ery day, and one child even gets KFC de­liv­ered by his grand­par­ents at lunchtime.

Our lunches are ‘‘im­proved’’ reg­u­larly by my el­der daugh­ter, who is a home-bak­ing whizz, and the ad­di­tion of a few sea­weed

Be­ing in need changes the way peo­ple think. It’s no ex­cuse, but it makes plan­ning harder.

crack­ers, which sell for $2 a pack usu­ally.

Roughly each girl gets about 24 cents a day of these crack­ers, which usu­ally get put inside the sand­wich to give it crunch.

Fac­tor the home-bak­ing in, and I reckon we spend closer to $3 than $2, but no­body would starve if that didn’t hap­pen.

But this tells only half the story. Some fam­i­lies live on very low in­comes.

If you have a fam­ily of four, and your food bud­get is $60 or less, you do not have $20 to spend on 10 of the 84 meals your fam­ily needs each week.

Dar­ryl Evans from Man­gere Bud­get­ing Ser­vice tells me some fam­i­lies have that, or less, to spend on gro­ceries.

There’s some­thing else which we, the well-fed, may not re­alise.

Scarcity is now recog­nised to

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