I know this is two serpate (but linked) topics but I figured one thread is better than two so apolgises in advance if it gets a little scattered. But I was wondering do kids in any Irish schools (outside of borders) get warm lunches? When I think back to how it was when I was in school (mid to late 1990s) we went through our entire school life eating sandwiches. I don't believe that's proper fuel for a young person, it's defintely not good for concentration in schools so why hasn't anyone (outside of SF I must admit) advocated for subsided school food?
How many people would realistically be oppossed to a small tax hike (could be done at council level I suppose too) which would mean Irish school children benefit from good warm food every day in school? It creates employment too, not to mention the increased purchases from Irish businesses. They do it differently all over Europe, in some places the food is free (Sweden) and in other places parents pay a very affordable weekly or monthly cost depending on what they order for their children based on set menus. I'm not saying Ireland has to go down the free road, but it's worth exploring the options.
The other thing is, what does everyone feed their kids for breakfast? In a country where the kids are invariably eating sandwiches for lunch, what sort of stuff do they get for breakfast? I have mates who send their kids to school on cereal and toast. I understand mornings are hectic but still. I'm luckily in that I don't start work til later so I'm there, without any stress in the mornings. My problem is trying to vary the breakfasts. 4 days a week it's porridge with milk, stewed apple and cinnamon, yogurt, toast & cheese, and tea or juice. Fridays some kids ceral, some egg based thing (fried, scrambled, soft boiled, omelet, french toast).