Teacher’s are sharing the worst lunchboxes they have seen including a cold maccas happy meal and a red bull drink with corn chips.

In the UK, it was 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.

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 cases though

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.


  • That’s just so sad. Some parents just shouldn’t be parents.

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  • We assume all kids get to go to school with a full tummy and provided with a decent lunch. However, this is not true for many. My son is fortunate to be fed well, and he is lucky.

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  • It’s sad how some kids are deprived of good food and nutrients.

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  • Unfortunately, there is always that one kid who suffers from parents poor choice or lack of education on nutritionally dense foods.

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  • How sad, my kids have always packed their own lunches even for kinder, I said to my son one day to start packing it for himself while I finished my shower and he did it every day since, my daughter copied and made her own from day one though I did have to explain to the teacher that she would tear her sandwich in half rather than cutting it hahah

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  • When my husband was in primary school, there was a little girl who was sent to school with a family pack of salt and vinegar chips every day. That is all. The school tried to explain to the mother that is was not an appropriate lunch. Poor girl was obese.

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  • I do a packet of chips and in summer a frozen poppa. That’s the only treats my girl goes with. Yeah I would never send a child of mine with what these kids went to school with but the worst thing here is the child with no lunch. Better they be fed even if it is crap than starve. When I was a child, if mine or my sister’s had a birthday falling on a school day my mum would rock up at lunch time with a happy meal for us – used to be my favourite thing ever.

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  • Sadly this doesn’t surprise me, yet it makes me so sad. Although on the positive, these children have made it to school. You can only imagine what is happening to those who are not there

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  • This is so sad. When the child had water in his cereal because his mum needed the milk made me angry. I would do without for my children as I am sure most parents would

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  • You just wonder what is going on in some people’s lives where they are unable to or don’t have the knowledge to provide a healthy lunch for a growing child. I hope that the examples given in the articles were one offs for these families….

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  • It literally broke my heart reading some of these examples of what kids had to take to school for their lunches. I used to feel bad because I’d put in a vegemite sandwich, 2 muesli bars, piece of fruit and a drink bottle with cordial in it. I tried other sandwiches that they asked for in the morning but they either came back or were thrown in the rubbish bin at school. Muesli bars and cordial were always consumed. Ended up so frustrated just sent in fruit and half dozen muesli bars. When they got home they’d make a couple of sandwiches or noodles or whatever else took their fancy. Turned out they didn’t have time for lunch because that is when you talk about “important things” that to this day they won’t tell me what that was.

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  • Wow to pack a day old Macdonalds makes me cringe but so people do it my mil eats left ove kfc Macdonalds the next day I caught my partners niece reheating kfc worse than that mil froze a whole ham I tried telling not to because once it’s thawed you have to it didn’t listen saw my sister in-law who was in her 40s seating down a Few days later and it was green I said don’t eat it your it’s off and showed her and she said I will just eat around it and she did goodnesses knows how she did getting sick.i pretty much take my own food when we go and visit hygiene isn’t her best when it comes to the kitchen . We where down there visiting over Christmas and they where away which we drive out and see them it inly a w tea 40 min drive and I said I will cook dinner for them when they got back opened the cupboard and she had pantry moths told her and I needed to use her rice as I forget to get it and there where moths in the rice and I couldn’t do anything she’s standing there I had to just rinse it u see water I was nearly sick and it’s not like they can’t affored to buy food
    I get people can’t afford proper food sometimes but if think savy you can do it unless that how they wheee brought up monkey see monkey do

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  • Totally heartbreaking reading these… there are so many factors here not always the parents fault, monkey see monkey do, aswell if a young couple have a child and that’s how they grew up they will think it’s normal. Not only that but society, money, tax all sorts
    However disappointing to hear a child went to school with maccas and a red bull and also no milk on cereal…. who does that

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  • Oh my goodness, I can’t believe it, seriously it can’t be that hard to include a decent lunch.

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  • Such terrible stories – what are parents becoming? I would go without food myself in preference to not having decent food for my children.

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