As we gear up for dd’s first run at camp, in a few months, we have to make a decision as to whether we want to have the camp provide her with a lunch or if we should make the lunch ourselves. We’ve had it easy the last few years; ever since she was able to eat solids 100% of the time, she was getting her lunch and snacks from day care. Now, we’re on the cusp of Kindergarten, and camp is a bit of an informal dress rehearsal for some of that.
Of course, setting aside the cost issue (buying lunch daily isn’t cheap) and the nutrition issue (she’d pick chicken nuggets and fries or pizza EVERY DAY if we’d let her), there’s the other concern of her spending so much time in line that she won’t have enough time to EAT her lunch.
So, I’m curious to hear from the parents who already have kids in school and/or those who have to provide the lunch for their kids at day care. What do you do? How do you keep the food cold/fresh if you send it in with your child? Do you switch it up or have pretty much the same lunch all week long? How do you work around pickiness (like, say, a child who isn’t naturally inclined to liking sandwiches).
Inquiring minds want to know and operators are standing by…