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.

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.”

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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 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


  • My goodness. I would never do that!


  • I felt awful reading the last one. My youngest would bring home the sandwich he’d asked me to make and the fruit. I would give him a muesli bar for a snack and that was all he ate. He ended up going to school with 3 muesli bars and a drink. I felt terrible but when he got home he made a salad sandwich or noodles. I offered to make him a salad sandwich or anything that he wanted but muesli bars was the only thing he would eat.


  • Oh that last one, how sad! So many kids don’t have anything to put in a lunchbox. Some of the others are just wrong mind you. It’s hard tho, I used to pack mostly healthy food with a small treat. More often then not, the treat was the only thing to be eaten! Packing lunchboxes is frustrating!!!


  • These are I’m not currently working, but as a teachers aide I have seen some kids who regularly come with nothing. Breaks your heart. Imagine hungrily watching your peers eat, while you have nothing.


  • That looks like a child packed that from whatever could be found and reached. They are the sort of things that may even have been in a show bag. Some of those items were very rarely when I was a child. At best they could have been special treats.
    I know of Mums who have put muffins in school boxes but they were home made and contained grated vegetables. They weren’t sugary ones.


  • Ahh this just shows a gap in education levels.for nutrition of parents


  • Too tired to go shopping is not an excuse! I have iron deficiency anemia. My iron levels are often below 20. It’d be too easy to say I’m too tired to do anything but I have children and drag myself out of bed and put them first, even if I’m at risk of blacking out every time I stand up! That’s what parents do! Sometimes you can say any food is better than no food, but frozen pies that aren’t even precooked is rather horrendous!


  • Those examples are so sad! Mine is Oreos


  • I use to bring maccas meals to eat for lunch


  • I had a child bring cold Balfours meat pies still in their wrappers. Not even precooked and then chilled. The kid wolfed them down!


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