Hagelslag, vruchtenhagel, kaas… the Dutch are definitely known for their array of sandwich fixings! 😋 However, nearly 50% of parents in the Netherlands think their little ones aren’t getting enough nutrition in their school lunches.
Pointer, the investigative journalism platform of Dutch broadcaster KRO-NCRV, polled 911 parents on the subject — and let’s just say that the results were food for thought!
Healthy school lunches: 89% say they’re necessary
It’s a given that parents want their children to eat healthily, and the results were overwhelmingly in favour of this.
Within this group, 44% believed that schools ought to prove students with healthy lunches. Some parents noted that this would be a great way of helping students in poverty have access to filling and nutritious meals.
However, 38% were opposed to school lunches, stating that they’d rather decide what their kid ate instead.
Short lunch breaks mean that kids aren’t eating enough
Of all the parents surveyed, a quarter believed that 15 minutes was too short
Complaints ranged from one parent always having to clear half-full lunchboxes, whilst another disliked the idea of their child needing to shovel food down at a record pace. 👀
Pediatrician Felix Kreier was in agreement with the parental outrage. He explained that mental peace was essential for a child’s digestive system to function well. Without it, upset stomachs (and cranky, irritable kids!) were a given.
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