Can you do a $2 kid’s lunch?
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,