Teachers are sharing the worst school lunches they have seen including a cold maccas happy meal and a red bull drink with corn chips.

Teachers have revealed that a child once turned up to school with a day-old McDonald’s Happy Meal that had a cold burger and fries inside, shares The Sun.

“Shame for it to go to waste,” the kid said to the teacher explaining his ‘Gran’ had bought it for him the day before but he didn’t want it at the time.

Too Tired

In another instance, a student came to school with simply a packet of ginger biscuits as that was all they could find in the pantry after saying their mum had simply been “too tired” to go shopping.

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Another teacher shared how one parent gave their kid a can of Red Bull and a packet of corn snacks after, “He’d had a late night on his Xbox and seemed like he needed a pick-me-up.”

Another example, a primary school pupil had turned up with only a pork pie and a can of shandy for lunch.

It was also revealed that an eight-year-old once came to school with a can of Dark Fruit Cider, unaware that it contained alcohol.

The worst lunches

A teacher told of the time one student had arrived with no packed lunch or any money for food.

The teacher then asked if he had had any breakfast, to which he said he had cereal with water as “Mum needed the milk for her coffee”.

“I’m not ashamed to say I cried when he told me that,” the teacher said when she posted about this experience.

Sadly this happens all too often.

What is your guilty lunchbox treat?

Share your comments below.

  • oh dear red bull and cold happy meal is over the top. Hopefully it was a one off


  • Wow eye opener that some children just have it so hard


  • I do feel for these children – and once again, surely these foods although bad are better than nothing! These parents aren’t going to change to all these healthy ideas and if the children don’t eat these then they will be going hungry.


  • Oh dear how heartbreaking for the kids that experience this and how do the poor teachers deal with seeing this. I bet they want to help every kid but can’t.
    My daughters gets a basic lunch box no guilty items, but I’ve been called out for feeding her Nutella on toast for breakfast before sending her to school as it’s not nutritious… she dobbed on me by the way


  • So sad to know that these kids go without food for school. I have several busy mornings which is why I spend the night before preparing for decent lunches for my children so they don’t go without.


  • That is so sad for those kids. I wish schools had a stock of fruits, salads and simple sandwiches to offer kids who really need it. Maybe they could get fresh food from oz harvest or second bite to help out.


  • So sad to hear what some children are given for lunches :( My guilty lunchbox treat can be a mini chocolate or a packet of mini chips. I make sure my children have a bottle of water and a packed lunch everyday. I do it at night time as it’s easier for me then in the busy mornings.


  • So sad. It breaks my heart when little ones miss out.


  • It doesn’t take a lot of effort to pack a healthy lunch. Shame on those parents who can’t be bothered.


  • While those examples are shocking and deserve to be outed, I’ve seen teachers deciding what they think parents should pack in their child’s lunch box. A chef put a muffin in his child’s lunch box, note from the teacher sent home admonishing the parents for the muffin, turns out muffin was healthy and gluten free, many other stories about that are similar…https://www.news.com.au/lifestyle/parenting/kids/mum-receives-warning-note-from-school-over-bad-food-in-lunch-box/news-story/7d2e9af2d84bb403bab7155746c3939e


  • Oh that makes me so sad. I cant imagine saying that to my son, I would be the one to go without, not him


  • As a pre-service teacher I have seen many a lunchbox that is just full of crap. Some come with no food, some with cold Maccas meals, some with all package foods. Some I have never seen come with anything resembling fresh food. It definitely makes an impact on a child’s ability to concentrate and engage effectively in learning. It is not uncommon for teachers to keep a stash of fruit and/or sandwich making foods in their classroom for kids that come with nothing.


  • we were in high school, I remember a friend brought a pack of water crackers for lunch.
    Hopefully this lunch was just a once off as it was shopping day.


  • I hope that this does not happen too much it is really sad


  • Doesnt take long to do something healthy


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