Can you do a $2 kid’s lunch?

Marlborough Midweek - - OUT & ABOUT -

I was ap­palled when read­ing an ex­pose by a col­league on the high­sugar, zero good­ness $2 ‘‘lunch packs’’ avail­able in dairies in poorer parts of Auck­land.

These hideous packs con­tained a mix­ture of chip­pies, bis­cuits and sug­ary cor­dials, and cost be­tween $2 and $3.50.

Read­ers were as shocked as me, but one re­sponse got me think­ing.

It was the claim that you couldn’t give the kids lunch for $2.

Ev­ery­one in my fam­ily takes lunch to school/work, and I don’t reckon we spend much more than that.

Lunches need to vary in bulk de­pend­ing on the age of the child, but the ba­sic in­gre­di­ents aren’t ex­pen­sive: sand­wiches, some fruit and some vege, and (shock) tap wa­ter in a re­us­able bot­tle. What’s in a $2 lunch? Well, ac­tu­ally, quite a lot. I just popped down­stairs to Countdown to get a bit of a pric­ing for the base in­gre­di­ents of our chil­dren’s lunches: Fruit, bread,

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