Back to work for me and back to school for many. But not back to school dinners it seems. According to figures obtained by Liberal Democrat MPS, the take up of school dinners has fallen dramatically since healthy eating menus were introduced.
According to the BBC Today programme, The number of secondary school children taking school meals has dropped by 250,000 in the past two years.
Government plans to turn our little angels into fresh greens gobbling connoseuirs of taste in the style of schools across the Channel have seen youngsters turn away in their droves.
What the reports on the breakfast news doesn’t reveal is what they are doing instead. Enjoying lunch boxes lovingly prepared and balanced by mum? Tucking into fresh fruyit and veg selected by their own fair hand?
Just last week yet more reports found that people don’t know how to boil an egg and that a “three minute” cooking culture was commonplace.
Perhaps it’s the cynic in me but I’m guessing it’s the fast food take-aways and sweet shops near the school gates that have probably been the winners in the healthy school dinners debate.
After all, if all the kids get at home is sweet fat then they’re unlikely to hanker for healthy food at school.
Thanks to Alex Serge at Flickr for the fab picture from yesteryear. Aahh mashed potato!