My kids have been going to a science day camp at our local university this week.
The kids were telling me that there was a boy the first couple of days who brought a baggies full of quarters and bought his whole lunch out of the vending machine. I walk past these vending machines when I drop the kids off.. its just chips and packaged pastries and crap.
Apparently the camp staff said something to the mom (as they should, imo!) about this 8/9 year old needing to bring better food.
On Monday and Tuesday the kid age a bunch of crap out of the machines. On Wednesday he brought a slice of pizza and a twinke in a plastic bag, and was complaining about being hungry after.
Camp staff told mom that kid complained of being hungry all afternoon.
Thursday (yesterday) kid shows up with a happy meal (at 9:15 in the morning...so the happy meal was purchased yesterday) and had room temp fries, cheese burger and juice. It didn't feel like it had been refrigerated. (I was helping to get my kids, and some others settled and lunches put away, so I was the one to put his happy meal bag in the fridge at the school).
Little boy spent all yesterday afternoon with a stomach ache. (Shock!)
Today I took an extra brown bag with a hummus sandwich, fruit, carrots and dip and juice and a snack and told the camp staff that they could give it to anyone who needed some extra lunch.
Turns out, that was a good idea, because the kid showed up with leftover tacobell. :(
This kids family paid $119 for a week of camp, so im inclined to think that its not (just?) a money issue? His clothes were clean and fit well. Mom was dressed like she was going to work when she dropped him off...
Im so confused about why someone would feed their kid like that?
Do you feed your kids that way? Would you have sent an extra lunch? How would you feel if it was your kid that ate that extra lunch I sent?
Lauren & Cara MOMS of SIX great kids!!!