Children’s Packed Lunch Survey


Our Eco Councillor’s completed an Environmental Review around Health and Well-being.  An Environmental review is a tool designed to help the Eco Council decide what is going well in the school and what topics we need to work on.  They discovered they could not answer the question – Do most packed lunches have fruit and vegetables in them?

Brandon (Year 6) said “During our Eco Council meeting we talked about what we had seen in children’s lunch boxes.  The Eco Councillor’s found children had large chocolate bars and even noticed a child peeling their banana, throwing it away and putting the peel back in their lunchbox.  So we decided to carry out a survey to find the answer to our question. Do most packed lunches have fruit and vegetables in them? The survey showed that on average 55% of children had fruit and 12% had vegetables in their lunch box.  We all agreed that this needs to improve in our school”.

Fruit and vegetables are part of a healthy, balanced diet and can help us stay healthy. It’s important that we eat enough of them.

The Eco Councillor’s would like to encourage more children to include 1 of their 5 a day in their lunch box. 


5 A DAY: What’s it all about?

  • Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables, whether

                fresh, frozen, canned or dried, can all count

                towards your 5 A DAY.

  • Eating a variety of fruit and vegetables will give

                 you plenty of vitamins and minerals. They are also

                 a good source of fibre and other essential nutrients,  

                 all of which are important for your health.


Ideas on what to include in your child’s lunchbox

A healthier lunchbox should:

  • be based on starchy carbohydrates (bread, potatoes, rice, pasta)
  • include fresh fruit and vegetables/salad
  • include a source of protein such as beans and pulses, eggs, fish, meat, cheese (or dairy alternative)
  • include a side dish such as a low-fat and lower-sugar yoghurt (or dairy alternative), tea cake, fruit bread, plain rice/corn cakes, homemade plain popcorn, sugar-free jelly
  • include a drink such as water, sugar-free or no-added-sugar squash

Chop up fruit – such as apple, satsuma segments, strawberries, blueberries, halved grapes or melon slices. Add a squeeze of lemon juice to stop them from going brown.


What not to include in your child’s lunchbox

  • Large chocolate bars – such as two bar twix, full size Snickers or Mars etc
  • Nuts (We have children in the school with nut allergies)
  • Fizzy drinks
  • Sandwich fillings that have lots of sugar E.G. Chocolate spread

Children will no longer be able to empty their lunch box leftover food into the bin, and will be asked to take it home.  This will enable parents/carers to see what their children have eaten.

Packed lunch competition…Great prize to be won!

Children can enter the Healthy Lunch Box Art competition during lunchtime.  They will be asked to draw a healthy options lunch box.  A great prize will be given to both, KS1 and KS2, for the best poster promoting a healthy lunch box.  Many thanks to Friends of Woodlands for donating a prize.

We hope you have found this helpful!

Thank you for your support.

Eco Council