What sandwich fillings are served for school lunches?

(35 Posts)
suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 18:39:28

DS has said he has had honey sandwiches today for his lunch today. We had opted for the sandwich choice as he didn't like the hot dinner choices. but I was thinking more ham or cheese - not honey. Would you be cross too?

Euphemia Mon 03-Dec-12 18:50:19

Our schools don't offer sandwiches. Is their menu online?

mrz Mon 03-Dec-12 18:52:48

Our menu seems to feature cheese and pickle, salad occasionally ham never honey

MilkRunningOutAgain Mon 03-Dec-12 18:54:29

Sandwiches are only an option at the dcs school in the summer, and are always savoury, cheese, tuna, salmon, egg, ham, sausage rolls being the fillings generally.

On the rare occasions I make sandwiches I've always given savoury too, usually cream cheese and marmite or tuna. It's not occurred to me to send in sweet fillings and it does seem odd, but I don't think I'd be cross unless the DCs started eating sweet fillings regularly, in which case I would do something about it.

I'm sure DS would love to have honey sandwiches, I do give him them sometimes at home, they are his favourite. He would be very jealous!

TeamBacon Mon 03-Dec-12 18:55:25

You're cross that he was given a honey sandwich? confused

In the nicest possible way.. get a grip smile

clam Mon 03-Dec-12 18:56:38

Before getting cross, ask an adult at the school. I suspect he may be telling you the wrong thing.
Our packed lunch option varies between ham, chicken, cheese, egg, tuna or cream cheese. I have never seen 'spreads' on offer.

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 19:12:18

I am going to check with the school first in case he has made a mistake. But if he has had this, then yes I am cross. He has mentioned before about honey sandwiches and bread and butter sandwiches but I wasn't sure whether to believe him. But he has said it again today. Sorry but I think it is pretty slovenly to offer honey sandwiches for a school lunch.

TeamBacon Mon 03-Dec-12 19:19:25

Why cross? confused

Is that all he is offered, or does he get something else as well?

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 19:21:18

They will give him a choice but he is only little so of course he will choose a honey sandwich. And then he is getting a pudding after that too. It's hardly a healthy lunch is it and doesn't help reinforcing healthy eating at home

TeamBacon Mon 03-Dec-12 19:24:03

Fair enough - your OP sort of implied it was a one off, in which case it wouldn't be a big deal.

If it's all he's getting as his main lunch, and it's all the time, then yeah - it's not good enough.

insanityscratching Mon 03-Dec-12 19:30:14

At dd's school you can order your choice of sandwich at the kitchen door first thing in the morning. Cheese, tuna and chicken are available every day with or without salad and ham occasionally.

SamSmalaidh Mon 03-Dec-12 19:43:20

I would be cross as well - honey sandwiches are not nutritious and filling, are they? Cheese, chicken/tuna salad, egg mayonnaise, even hummous I would expect, some protein rather than just sugar.

LeeCoakley Mon 03-Dec-12 19:46:30

Honey-roast ham?

clam Mon 03-Dec-12 20:03:04

No, it's not good enough - which is why it's highly likely that your ds has got it wrong!

Rwep Mon 03-Dec-12 20:08:17

School meals are so regulated I can't believe this is the case. Also if they were going to give a sweet sandwich filling, it would be cheap mixed fruit jam, not expensive honey grin

Fillings here are cheese, ham or tuna.

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 20:25:58

He has told me before that if we have chosen something off the menu that he then doesn't like, that he will have bread and butter. But he was adamant that he had honey sandwiches as the dinner ladies read out the choices to them. This isn't a regular thing but I have noticed he is asking for sandwiches more often.

clam Mon 03-Dec-12 20:30:59

If you have chosen something from the menu that he then doesn't like, it's hardly the school's fault. Better bread and butter than nothing.
Why not send packed lunches from home if he's struggling to find choices that suit?

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 20:35:07

The school meals are compulsory. We choose the meals together but sometimes he might not like it on the day. But if when we are sent the menu and there is nothing that he likes, we choose the sandwich option and that is when the honey sandwich has been offered- according to DS at least

Rwep Mon 03-Dec-12 20:36:31

Ah yes, if it's because he won't eat what he's chosen then TBH I'm surprised he gets an alternative at all. Here there are 2 choices, one will be a cooked meal and the other a jacket potato or filled baguette, but once you've chosen, there's nothing else and I wouldn't expect there to be TBH.

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 20:36:53

I am wondering if they have the honey sandwich on there for the fussy kids and now my DS, who is normally a good eater, has twigged this and hence is now asking for them.

Kewcumber Mon 03-Dec-12 20:39:47

we don;t have a sandwich option except for school trips when its tuna or cheese. Otehrwise its meat/fish/chicken option, veggue option or a jacket potato with filling.

I would be happy with honey sandwich if he's got it right - no protein. We don'r have a "fussy kid" option surely thats asking for trouble?!

Rwep Mon 03-Dec-12 20:41:13

I doubt it suefg-school kitchens are audited to ensure they're providing the right balance of fat/sugar/protein etc unless it's under the counter so the inspectors don't know about it, it wouldn't pass.

Whether the standards being audited are high enough is another matter (no-where near high enough IMO)

I still think it's unlikely they're using honey - it's just too expensive to be something they have in iyswim

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 20:42:52

I don't know if this will make a difference from an auditing perspective but it isn't a state school.

Rwep Mon 03-Dec-12 20:47:53

Ah maybe, I don't think they have to meet any official standards at all then and maybe they can afford honey wink

It still seems unlikely to me, mainly because I'd feel like you do if it's true. Keeping something "special" for fussy kids seems like madness to me. I need to know what he actual story is now grin

suebfg Mon 03-Dec-12 20:53:53

Hopefully it will just be a misunderstanding but for the moment, he won't be allowed to choose sandwiches smile

healstorturepeople Tue 04-Dec-12 11:12:17

''but for the moment, he won't be allowed to choose sandwiches''

My goodness, talk about an overreaction.

It will be honey roast ham and he's made a mistake. There is not a 'fussy child' option for school lunches and school lunches are regulated and honey sandwiches would not be on the menu.

At my school we once had an oven malfunction so we chipped in and made tuna sandwiches, jam sandwiches and chocolate spread sandwiches. The children were delighted at the strange meal as a one off. It did them no harm.
You are overreacting.

sparkle12mar08 Tue 04-Dec-12 11:52:09

My money's on honey roast ham too. Do let us know when you find out, it's quite a cute misunderstanding on both your parts!

suebfg Tue 04-Dec-12 17:56:39

He does know the difference between honey and ham! I have asked him and he says it looked a bit like marmalade. I don't think I am at all overreacting but you are entitled to your opinion.

Euphemia Tue 04-Dec-12 17:57:56

Well it sounds like a rubbish lunch for the winter anyway. sad

RiversideMum Tue 04-Dec-12 18:10:19

I agree, it sounds like a rubbish filling for a sandwich lunch and would not be allowed at a state school as the sugar content of honey is too high!

Euphemia Tue 04-Dec-12 18:14:16

Out of interest, here is a link to my local area's school lunch menu, which I think is excellent. I'm having everything from tomorrow's menu! I wish! smile

suebfg Tue 04-Dec-12 20:53:41

School has confirmed he had honey sandwiches so DS was not mistaken

Euphemia Tue 04-Dec-12 20:54:58

How did they justify it?

suebfg Tue 04-Dec-12 21:23:32

They didn't. I don't want to make a big thing of it with the school as they do offer lots of choice and they know that DS is not to have this. But I am shocked that they could think that this is an acceptable sandwich as the school seems very good. Quite strict re what children can take in as a snacks etc

lopsided Wed 05-Dec-12 19:53:43

I would be irritated too op. I expect you are paying at least 2 quid a day for it too.

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