Can you do a $2 kid’s lunch?
Healthy lunch, healthy kids Fruit, bread and veges, not high-sugar snacks
Tap water, not soft drinks
❚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 have an impact on people’s behaviour.
Being in need changes the way people think. It’s no excuse, but it makes planning harder.
In 2009, a Ministry of Health food security survey found food ran out due to lack of money ‘‘regularly’’ in 25 households in every thousand, and ‘‘sometimes’’ in 115 in every thousand.
Since then rents have risen as a proportion of incomes.
Storing and rationing food in such households is a challenge, even if your brain hasn’t been hijacked by scarcity