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High priced school canteens reducing kids to eating garlic bread?

By Myles Peterson - 31 May 2012 36

An anonymous emailer has informed CanberraLeaks that prices at the school canteens at some Canberra public-schools have risen to such ridiculous levels, many children can only afford to buy the very basics.  Apparently garlic bread is a popular staple.

Minister Andrew Barr this morning addressed the issue via twitter, as did Minister Joy Burch:

@ABarrMLA: @MylesPeterson Canteens run by volunteers. Minister Bourke is working with the p&c on the issue: http://www.actparents.org.au/2012/05/meeting-with-etd-help-for-canteens/

@JoyBurchMLA: @MylesPeterson @reijin64 @ABarrMLA canteens are for schools not for profits. happy to talk with Ed minister

What are rioters experiences? Are you a member of a P & C with views on the issue or a student affected by the pricing? Are you a teacher or education bureaucrat with background knowledge?

Background

Hi Rioters

Over the next few months we’re going to try and do our bit for the ACT community by bringing issues of waste and corruption to attention. For now we’ll be using Hushmail to source leads, but moving forward myself and a small team of interested people would like to turn CanberraLeaks into a regular and reliable local watchdog.

If you would like an issue investigated or have information or evidence of waste and/or corruption, please email canberraleaks@hushmail.com. Please supply as little identifying information as possible, we’re not interested in who you are, just what you want to bring to light.

We are also not interested in the activities of individuals.. This isn’t about bringing down tall-poppies, it’s about cleaning up our town.

Cheers

Myles Peterson for CanberraLeaks

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High priced school canteens reducing kids to eating garlic bread?
JazzyJess 12:21 pm 31 May 12

I am less than impressed by some of the rubbish sold at my son’s school canteen. Having said that, it runs on donations and the smell of an oily rag so probably doing the best it can. I’d be happy if it was done away with entirely but the reality is there will always be students who, for a variety of reasons, do not have lunch and will go hungry if the canteen isn’t available to them.

Myles Peterson 12:12 pm 31 May 12

“How can we be expected to comment without knowing what the prices are?”

@cheap: Good point. That’s what we’re trying to find out. Fact finding mission ATM crowdsouring info from RA and other areas. Any help appreciated. Full write-up to follow.

@critics: While it may not be an issue for you, there’s plenty of kids who, for whatever reason, have limited access to nutrition. The school canteen can be a badly needed last resort. This is our first cab of the ranks. Hopefully we’ll get better at drawing attention to an issue you care about in the near future – a lot faster if you help.

Dilandach 11:58 am 31 May 12

chewy14 said :

C’mon Mum,

make me a sammich.

In grade 3 I had to make lunch before school for my brother who was in kindergarten. Apparently after a few weeks my brother went to my mother and said “Its not that I don’t like the sandwiches but could I have something other than just butter?”

colourful sydney rac 11:44 am 31 May 12

Dilandach said :

With Dil Jr, canteen is a treat. Once a fortnight if he’s good.

What lazy ass parent hands their kids a few coins and push them to the canteen? Making a lunch isn’t hard.

this. end thread.

chewy14 11:42 am 31 May 12

C’mon Mum,

make me a sammich.

Cheap 11:36 am 31 May 12

How can we be expected to comment without knowing what the prices are?

schmeah 11:36 am 31 May 12

I was always jealous of kids who got tuck-shop when I was at school and high-school. To be honest, my hard-working parents just couldn’t afford it .. so I was forced to bring lunch from home.

Oh the humanity, I’m still dealing with the humilation now.

Cry babies .. it takes 5 minutes to pack a lunch. Harden up.

beeshive 11:35 am 31 May 12

Agree with the above posters, send a packed lunch and know what your child is (and isn’t) eating. It takes 5 mins and only slightly more planning than having the cash available for a lunch order. I heard on the child grapevine that the garlic bread IS very popular – the way I hear it, it has nothing to do with the price and everything to do with the taste.

Mysteryman 11:30 am 31 May 12

Dilandach said :

With Dil Jr, canteen is a treat. Once a fortnight if he’s good.

What lazy ass parent hands their kids a few coins and push them to the canteen? Making a lunch isn’t hard.

+1.

p1 11:28 am 31 May 12

Wish the canteen had garlic bread when I was at school.

cubicle01 11:22 am 31 May 12

Jim Jones said :

Dilandach said :

With Dil Jr, canteen is a treat. Once a fortnight if he’s good.

What lazy ass parent hands their kids a few coins and push them to the canteen? Making a lunch isn’t hard.

+1

+1 We pack up lunches as we make dinner the night before. Takes at most 2mins.

beejay76 11:14 am 31 May 12

The P&C Council is saying that there are loads of school canteens going to the wall. Presumably exorbitant pricing is some people’s attempt to keep it afloat.

At our school the canteen manages ok and the prices, while certainly not cheap, aren’t ridiculous. My kids get one lunch order a term, because it’s at least $10 for the two. That isn’t everyday pricing! But given that it’s mostly junk food anyway that’s really not a drama.

At any rate, making a sarnie would still be cheaper than buying even garlic bread.

Jim Jones 11:12 am 31 May 12

Dilandach said :

With Dil Jr, canteen is a treat. Once a fortnight if he’s good.

What lazy ass parent hands their kids a few coins and push them to the canteen? Making a lunch isn’t hard.

+1

VYBerlinaV8_is_back 11:11 am 31 May 12

What a beat-up. Bring a sandwich.

Dilandach 10:51 am 31 May 12

With Dil Jr, canteen is a treat. Once a fortnight if he’s good.

What lazy ass parent hands their kids a few coins and push them to the canteen? Making a lunch isn’t hard.

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