I missed the part that free/reduced lunch is different. IT should be the same for all kids.
Up until this year I had to order emmas lunch a MONTH in advance so two weeks doesn't seem so bad. It does change how you "use" school lunch but if I felt I was getting a better product I would give up the convenience of being able to order same day or same week. I like the local products thing and I do prefer fresh to frozen so....id be okay with this.
Honestly, I find this whole ordering lunch thing so weird! lol. There is no hot lunch or school lunch program at DD's school or even in the district. Now, I'm not sure about subsidized families, but generally if your kid eats lunch at school you make it and send it with them. Maybe some families here get help with lunches, but I have no idea. All I know is if we're out of bread I'm either making a run to the store at night or she's not getty a sammy the next day. And of course, the latter is not acceptable. :)
My kids school only does hot lunch one day a week, and you have to order up to 7-8 weeks in advance. You order 6 weeks at a time, and it has to be in earlier. It is a fundraiser done by the PAC, and if your kid isnt there, you dont get a refund. Its pretty good fresh stuff though (made on site by PAC volunteers), and DD loves to get it, so I generally order for every week unless I know for sure we are going to miss it. I only order the main course though, and a drink, then DD has to use her own money if she wants the fruit cup, or ice cream that can come with it.
I don't think that this would bother me. Then again, we will be packing lunches.
When you have to do something...you just do it! :)
I would be excited to have the chance to get fresh food for my kids. The opportunity would outweigh the planning inconvenience. Then again, with 4 kids and the fact that we are out the door by 7:15 I have to have a plan and follow it, otherwise it would be crazy around here (more then it already is)
Here you have a menu and put an order in via paper bag with the order written on the front and the money inside. It then goes down to the tuck shop and at lunch the food is packed back in the bag in primary school. When I was at school tuck shop was available daily, though from what I am seeing now it looks like most schools have gone for just a few days a week. My school had awesome lunches including fresh salads. As far as I am aware there is no such thing as subsided lunches here , you buy at tuckshop or bring your lunch and thats it. Schools have some emergency lunches, mostly bread and some spread for it, but it's not an everyday thing students can access.