Can you do a $2 kid’s lunch?

South Waikato News - - Money -

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

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