What lunch can you make for $3?
Thu, 27 Sep 2012 7:00p.m.
Destitute Gourmet is a company which is all about getting the most bang for your buck.
We asked their chief executive, Sophie Gray, to show us what kind of lunch she could make for $3.
She says $3 is a luxury.
Kidscan, of course, will be very economical with their $3, making it go as far as possible while providing, nourishing rib-sticking food.
But Kate King went to Sophie's house to see just what goodies she could come up with.
Watch the video.
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12/10/2012 10:45:12 a.m.
Really good to have it demonstrated how much variety and nutrition you can provide a child for $3 for lunch or an adult for that matter. How many adults happily spend $10 on a 'cheap' bought lunch? Couple of issues though, as someone else mentioned $3 a day x 3 kids = $45 just on their lunches does mount up. But again - economies of scale - you can still do a cheap lunch for $2 using seasonal fruit, bulk purchases etc and that's $30 a week - less than it would cost them for a low nutrition meal from one of the major fast food chains. There's other problems I see at school - my 9yr daughter has come home sometimes and says "so and so gets chips and treats everyday in my lunch, how come I get sandwiches, yoghurt and fruit and nuts - I want a 'nice' lunch like them", she also told me the other day that some of the kids in her decile 5 school don't take lunch to school - I asked her why - she told me a couple said they didn't have enough money - but she couldn't understand why they tell her they have fish and chips 3 or 4 times a week and they are always drinking fizzy and the other thing was some kids want to just play at lunchtime and don't take anything or much at all, so they get to go out and play straight away. Interesting that it's not all really about poverty (certainly alot is, don't get me wrong) - but attitudes of kids and parenting skills of parents in relation to good food, and supervising kids lunches or checking they have enough before they leave. Many problems here need addressed - many parents need to stand up and be responsible. Good on cankids for their work - it is definately needed
1/10/2012 10:35:03 a.m.
It would be great if every child in NZ could have a 3 course continental breakfast and lunch! Unfortunately I don't think the government can afford to provide such a service in its current financial pickle. I grew up eating jam on toast for breakfast and peanut butter sandwiches for lunch with little fruit. I was in good health as a child. You may say I was lucky. I say it is more about what you don't eat rather than what you eat. I was never fed fast food as a child. Many children around the world don't have diets full of fruit and vege yet are still healthier than NZ children. The difference is that they don't eat processed junk food. I have eaten 'clay soup' in Peru which is actually quite nutritious and filling, a recipe hundreds of years old!
28/09/2012 1:42:39 p.m.
iron side wrote:
@ SHANI: You have raised a very important issue regarding diet and nutrition for people in hardened circumstances. A healthy diet is nigh impossible on a limited budget. Dietary needs go out the window. This includes diabetes, bowel disease, kidney disease, blood conditions and so many more that afflict young and old. Secondary illness, disease and infection can set in as a result. This can lead to long term and permanent other health issues, such as heart attack, lung damage, kidney and liver failure, colostomy and limb amputation. Cellulitus , a preventable but severe and potentially life threatening skin infection, is increasingly common in NZ low socio areas. It is the result of secondary infection in skin breaks often caused by skin conditions that are made worse by poor diet. Permanent muscle loss and amputation are a frequent result of this. Which leads to loss of jobs and opportunities. Birth defects and long term care / health issues are also more prevalent. It is a spiral that just goes on.
28/09/2012 11:37:43 a.m.
Trish Coates wrote:
I watched the $3 lunches and it occured to me that altho it was a good idea, if you have three kids that is $9 a day X 5 = $45 for just lunches. As a pensioner I know how hard it is to stay within a budget with all the price rises in power and petrol etc, and these families would not be able to afford $45 just for lunches. It is great to see ordinary people supporting kids without that constant critisism. People who have never been in this poverty trap situation often find it hard to understand. At the end of the day really it is all about making sure we feed hungry kids.
28/09/2012 9:34:57 a.m.
I have been there not because I was poor but because I had to meet enough each week to survive.
You become poor if work doesn't exist and you don't live off benefits.
From the above statement about how much you get for $3 may I say that to begin to make that statement you have to provide the items to make up the items in bulk.
If you are just yourself it becomes more difficult as the initial items have to be bought first like the bread, one full loaf etc.
With the way the wages and expenditure of the country is going more people will have to manage on a lot less besides the children, young and old as bills appear to be paid and rates and water bills rise to such a level that we cannot afford to live.
Suicide and burglary will appear as people will get desperate to survive or not.
Time the people of this country stood up for them selves and made their statement without violence but the masses.
28/09/2012 9:15:11 a.m.
My kids are offered top quality fruit everyday. Unfortunately fruit and wholegrain sandwiches are the last things they want to eat at school. Everyone elses lunches are full of pre-packaged junk and they want those kind of lunches, not the healthy ones I offer them!
27/09/2012 10:34:41 p.m.
these are great ideas ones that ill try out for my own child BUT i notice there are lots of bread and dairy included so what happens when you have kids below the poverty line that arn't able to have dairy or gulten products??? just a thought as there are lots of kids out there with skin conditions etc
27/09/2012 10:22:47 p.m.
That's a pretty nice looking lunch for $3!
27/09/2012 9:50:22 p.m.
That is way more than my kids would eat
27/09/2012 8:41:25 p.m.
Tv3 give it up already, Dog and its bone.
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