I have 2 kids in high school and one in 5th grade. My 5th grader the whole school gets free lunch we don't even get those forms to fill out everyone just gets free lunch. But my 2 high schoolers i give them $5 a day. thats $25 a week per kid comes to a total of $200 a month in lunch money.
I was going to let my DS purchase lunch this year but I decided just to pack lunch every day,he's a 3rd grader,this week I don't have to pack lunches since they get out at noon every day this week and next week due to parent/teacher conferences,I also have 6 year old DD who's in first grade and I pack her a lunch every day...I do let them buy lunch maybe once a month if there is something they really would like to have and I give them $5 each since the Lunch is $3.75 and Milk is $0.50 all meals include Milk though
They bring lunch, so it ends up costing us less then a dollar a day per child. The days that they do buy, if it's something they really like, it's 1.75-2.50, drink included, depending on what they get, so if they got it every day, it would be $8.75-12.50 a week. What are they getting that it's costing $5 per meal?
Don't you give them money so they can eat outside of the school everyday? It's not really that expensive for them to eat.
My dd buys food outside of school every day. She buys a sandwich a drink and a snack for later in the day since she's in school till 6 most days. My son buys lunch from school which the basic lunch is $2.00 and then milk is $.50 but its really not a whole lotta food. If he wants extra food or the better food it costs more. Even salad costs more. He ends up spending about $3.75 -$4.50 a day.
my kids usually take their lunch, it runs about $2 for both kids $1 per kids, with a school bought milk, either a loaded salad with beans and a piece of fruit, or a sammie with peppers, carrots and fruit on the side
when they buy school lunch it's about 2.50 or something like that and it's a whole lotta macky d' type food(burger and fry, chicken nuggets, pizza, etc.) for their entree. Yes they have a fruit and veggie cart that everyone completely ignores, LOL.