February 3, 2021


An Aussie mum has taken to Facebook to vent her frustration after her daughter’s greek yoghurt and vegemite biscuit snacks were deemed unhealthy according to her preschool’s policy.

Mum appalled that her daughter wasn’t allowed to eat her organic Greek yoghurt pouch or a snack of Cruskits with vegemite and cheese. Instead the foods were sent home with a note telling her that these were ‘sometimes’ foods.

Apparently carrots and hummus dip, wholemeal zucchini muffins and homemade vegetarian sausage rolls were among other foods deemed questionable or ‘off limits’ by some schools and kinders, according to mothers in a Melbourne online parenting group.

A while ago, a South Australian mum shared her disgust after her child wasn’t allowed a piece of cake, instead she received a condescending note with a frown face.

Another mum was upset that her child wasn’t allowed to eat her treat of homemade chocolate slice.

Policing Lunch Boxes

Some parents have expressed concern that constant policing of children’s food will encourage an unhealthy relationship with eating at a young age. Other parents say schools are setting unreasonable expectations, and what matters is that children are getting fed – not what’s on the menu.

Of course there are some food items that should never be in a children’s lunchbox – as this mum discovered!

More than 30,000 Australian children may now be severely obese, a national study into childhood health found.

The Right Bite and healthy eating policies classifies food and drink into three categories according to their nutritional or ‘healthy eating’ value.

Green foods

Green category foods and drinks are the healthiest choices. Schools and preschools are encouraged to provide as many choices as possible from this category.

Amber foods

Amber category foods and drinks are more processed with some added salt, sugar or fat. Schools and preschools are encouraged to select carefully from this category.

Red foods

Red category foods and drinks are highly processed, energy dense and nutrient poor. These are banned from sale in government school canteens and vending machines at all times.

Find a full list of the foods here.  We were quite shocked, to say the least, at some of the items in red and amber. Including, honey, jam and vegemite which is basically what my son survives on!  (Although mustard is a fave atm.)  Plus tomato sauce and mayonnaise!

What does your child usually have in their lunch on a regular basis? Does it pass the healthy eating policy?  I think mine are a fail! Bad mum. :( 

Share your comments below.


  • My boys always take 3 snacks, a piece of fruit, lunch and a muffin. Most of snacks are reasonably healthy and occasionally I will put a chocolate treat in.


  • How horrid! So your child has to go hungry just because the teacher thinks what’s in their lunch box is rubbish?! I think that’s even worse than giving them what they’ve been packed.
    I’d definitely be putting in a complaint. They are TEACHERS not NUTRITIONISTS!!!


  • It is hard being a parent and catering for kids needs too tough


  • It’s unrealistic what foods they are asking parents to send kids to school with. I happen to think greek yoghurt is healthier than other brands and my kids like the taste so win win for me.


  • Some things on That list are so unrealistic. I can’t believe how much they are policing lunch box’s


  • All this lunchbox crap is getting out of control. Yes schools should ban foods like nuts due to allergies. Children shouldn’t have a lunch box full of lollies, chips, biscuits, cakes etc. In my opinion a sandwich, fruit, yoghurt and a treat, nothing wrong with that lunch. Parents that send their kids to school with no lunch, that is a real problem. I will be sending my kids to school in a few years with food I know they will eat.


  • What a joke. Yogurt is fine.


  • Surely it is up to the parent what a child eats. This is ridiculous. Did this child have anything to eat as the food was sent home?


  • This is getting rediculous


  • In general I think it’s not up to others / school to decide what we eat or what we give to eat to our kids. However some education about what are good and healthy food may not be wrong.


  • What happened to in the day of sending your children off to pre school with Petit mium yogurts, fruit, Vegemite sandwiches and the sultanas boxes.
    Now they expect you to send your children with gourmet lunch boxes

    • Yes I remember even as a teenager, we just got a sandwich and an apple and that was it


  • This is getting ridiculous. Most of these foods are fine as part of a balanced diet.


  • My youngest always has one packaged snack bar, or a small packet of biscuits. I think he has a reasonably balanced diet and don’t think it’s up to others to have control over what he can eat


  • Does anyone else think this is getting way out of control?

    • Yes. I don’t think schools have or should have policing rights in parent-provided lunches. They look after their remit (the school) and leave the parenting to us


  • If Greek yoghurt, carrots and Vegemite cruskits are banned they might be better off providing a list of what you are allowed to put in the lunchboxes.


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