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    Quote Originally Posted by mummytomy2boys View Post
    If someone recieving a govt pension or earning similar regularly consistently fails to provide their child / ren with basics they should have manditory (money management, budgeting, parenting and nutrition / healthy cheap meal option) courses if they still continue then imo they don't give a stuff.
    Well one mother I can think of does work. What should happen to her?

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    Quote Originally Posted by ourbradybunch View Post
    I think I've mentioned it before. But I find it highly embarrassing & frustrating. He takes dry cereal, snack pack of chips and an LCM bar plus a popper:/

    He's so naughty!
    If you find that embarrassing WHY would you pack it?!?!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by risfaerie View Post
    There are heaps of food banks too, I did a couple of fill-in volunteer shifts at one. This particular one (and many others are similar I believe) has a no questions asked policy about your state of "poverty". Many regular users are standard, middle class families who are overcome with debt due to poor financial decisions or illness. Others are mentally ill or struggle with addiction. They partner with oz harvest, and give away or sell at hugely discounted prices- pasta is 10c/kg bag, pasta sauce 20c/jar etc.
    That's awesome. I know a lot of the local food banks here require a pension card, which excludes the most vulnerable families from accessing much needed food.

    A lot of people I've come across who were turned away didn't realise not all food banks have this rule.

    I now know of two that'll accept health care cards and another two that welcome anyone who has need, no questions asked (much like your one).

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    Quote Originally Posted by *Chels* View Post
    I don't know?My kids are going through the stage of "I am not hungry,I don't want breakfast"I try to get them to eat ,but if that don't its fine,I always pack more lunch.Im sorry but parents who neglect their kids by not feeding them,its not on AT ALL!!! Even feeding them 2 min noodles is better than nothing.I don't get this "uneducated" excuse either.In this day and age how easy is it to google some meal ideas,or go to library and get out some books for meal ideas?!
    I don't think it's an excuse, just a reason.
    Lots of people don't have access to the Internet. Lots of people don't have access to a library, or don't feel welcome there because they have fines or are intimidated by it.
    Another example- I know a mum who adores her daughters. When she is well, she does everything for them. She does come into the library and uses the Internet to look for free activities for them to do, borrows DVDs and books for them, I saw her the other day and she was off to the market to get her eldest DD avocados because she has decided that she would like cheese and avocado sandwiches for lunch. When she is unwell (depression I'd imagine) she can barely function. She doesn't shower, she comes into the library and goes on FB while her youngest DD roams around on the street outside. Im sure during these periods her kids dont always get fed. She is well known to DoCs. She has no support, none. she is a single mum with no family here. Her kids have been in care, she has done parenting courses, she is sometimes on meds, sometimes not, again for a range of complicated reasons. These things are far more complicated than 'just borrow some books', and it's not always due to laziness or selfishness.

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    Country/outback living can have a huge impact, too. Where I used to teach there was one general store that got a shipment of fresh food in once a week. I'm talking like three loaves of bread ($8 each) and a tiny bit of fruit or veg. The nearest supermarket was 90 minutes drive away. We used to have kids skip school on C'link payday to go with their parents or nannas/poppas for the drive to the supermarket to remind them to buy food, not just grog. I'm talking about 5 and 6 year olds here. At my last school, there was a family of six kids that regularly came to school without food. I still remember the week they all turned up with new iPods and the teachers fed them with food we brought in from home.

    Yes, it's frustrating, and it seems neglectful, but I think it can be far more complex then those of us who are more privileged can understand. So many factors can contribute - some are flat out bad parenting, some are flat out bad circumstances and there's every degree in between.

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    Quote Originally Posted by mummytomy2boys View Post
    If you receive govt benefits no, it should be reportable if a child comes all the time with no food.

    I'm a single mum, rent, electricity, gas hot water and food come First.

    Breakfast is different, my ds1 won't eat breaky but packing a sandwich and piece of fruit is not hard for an adult and is not dear!
    What if your DS wouldn't eat lunch? If money was that tight, would you pack a lunch that wouldn't get eaten?

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    Quote Originally Posted by FearlessLeader View Post
    I don't think it's an excuse, just a reason.
    Lots of people don't have access to the Internet. Lots of people don't have access to a library, or don't feel welcome there because they have fines or are intimidated by it.
    Another example- I know a mum who adores her daughters. When she is well, she does everything for them. She does come into the library and uses the Internet to look for free activities for them to do, borrows DVDs and books for them, I saw her the other day and she was off to the market to get her eldest DD avocados because she has decided that she would like cheese and avocado sandwiches for lunch. When she is unwell (depression I'd imagine) she can barely function. She doesn't shower, she comes into the library and goes on FB while her youngest DD roams around on the street outside. Im sure during these periods her kids dont always get fed. She is well known to DoCs. She has no support, none. she is a single mum with no family here. Her kids have been in care, she has done parenting courses, she is sometimes on meds, sometimes not, again for a range of complicated reasons. These things are far more complicated than 'just borrow some books', and it's not always due to laziness or selfishness.
    TBH the library is pretty fair,Ive had them call me for a kids dvd not being in case,and no fine.waaaayyyy overdue books..no fine.I think its a bit of a cop out.Librarys offer sooooooooooo much for free (including internet as you mention in your post)
    If You can go on Facebook,you can go google some cheap,easy meals to feed your kids IMO

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    I don't think it's a valid excuse. Social support in Australia is sufficient where sending a kid to school without breakfast or lunch isn't necessary. If someone doesn't know how to tap into those services to feed their kids then perhaps they don't have the life skills needed to raise a kid.
    - in reality I agree with PP's who have suggested other factors are at play. Parents lack of financial management skills, lack of planning, lack of time, lack of supervision, being lazy or (in my words) just being really $hithouse parents. None of which are any excuse for sending your kids to school without breakfast or lunch.

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    Just wanted to add. Not every town has a food bank.
    Not all kids will eat infront of other kids. Not having food at school doesn't mean they don't eat. Food related problems in children are on the rise.

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    With rent being such a massive chunk of people's income, providing food for every meal can be difficult for some.


 

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