I worked in an elementary school for 12 years and you would not believe the amount of food not opened children throw away. Watch CVS and Walgreens and check your coupons. Buy ziplock sandwich bags when chips, pretzels, cheese and crackers go on sale stock up. Also popcorn is a great snack and mini carrots. Have your child package in sandwich bags. Let your child pack up different types and emphasize at least one must be fruit, veg or cheese then two can be something like popcorn and chips, along with a sandwich or, for variety, use pita bread or roll ham and cheese and cut into little pieces. Be creative.
As a former teacher, and currently a sub teacher, I would recommend that if you send your childs lunch with them, tell them to bring back what they don't eat. Don't let them throw it away at school. That way, you can tell what they are eating and not eating, instead of assuming they are eating it all.
You can throw it away at home, feed it to a pet, or if its still good, (such as fruit) eat it.
i am sick at heart when i see what all the kids throw away. some buy their lunches and dont touch anything on the tray and it goes into the trash. others get all snack junk food and they eat all that salt and sugar. others wont eat any of the fairly good lunches sent from home. the kids get home and the parents honestly believe the kids ate their lunch
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