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School sparks debate by banning extensive list of food items from packed lunches

Gone are the days that you can send a kid to school with a buttery cheese sarnie, a packet of crisps and a chocolate bar and call it a packed lunch – at least at one school anyway.

Many years have passed since Jamie Oliver revolutionised school dinners – for better or for worse – but for the most part, parents have had free reign over what they feed their children in their packed lunches.

Over the past couple of years, however, schools have begun getting more and more involved in what parents are feeding their youngsters – with one school even going as far as banning unhealthy lunches.

As a result, one mum has turned to support from other parents on Facebook, in quest to discover more healthy packed lunch options, after her child’s school implemented a ‘healthy living policy.’

The mum took to the All Packed Up – Kids Packed Lunch Ideas and Sharing UK – Facebook group, to share the ‘new healthy policy list’ for her son’s school.

“I’d like to get some ideas together that I can have on a list for me to look at and out lunches together quickly. Any ideas would be great. Thank you,” she wrote.

She also shared a copy of a letter from the school, which outlined a number of items which would be banned from school lunches, including anything which large quantities of sugar, such as sweets, any form of chocolate and fruit winders.

Meanwhile, pastries and pies, along with “any other food or drink items that staff feel is unhealthy” were also banned.

The post quickly received hundreds of comments from parents who debated whether it should be up to the school to police what goes in packed lunches.

“I think you should complain and tell them to stop being so ridiculous! I’m all for healthy eating and glad the schools support it to a point…but this is going too far and I’d be getting back to them with my opinion,” one parent commented.

However, another disagreed: “This is exactly how my children’s school food policy is and I must say I prefer it. I make healthy snacks and they are happy to not have any junk at school.”

A third wrote: “Personally think parents should feed what they think it ok for their child to eat and no teacher should dictate that. Opinions should be kept to themselves and nothing but gratitude that a kid has come to school today with a full meal!”