Remember the brown paper bags for school lunch orders? You might have even been a lunch monitor.
When I was at school we never had anything as fancy as the printed paper bags, back in the 50s and 60s if we ordered from the school canteen, we wrote on the plain paper bag.
When my children went to school in the 70’s and 80’s they would fill out one of these brown paper bags for lunch orders and then the lunch monitor would take them to the school canteen so you could get it brought back to the classroom for lunch.
The canteen would be staffed by volunteer parents (my wife did that quite often as our children grew up) and they’d make sure the kids got their lunch bags filled with whatever they wanted. The children who were the lunch monitors would come in just before lunch to pick them up and they’d all be happily chatting away while they waited for the lunch ladies to get their class’s lunch box for them.
These days of course its all about healthy eating and there are now strict Government guidelines as to what kids should and shouldn’t be having for lunch. I don’t disagree with that, especially nowadays when most kids probably buy their lunch at school more often than they take it.
When we went to school (we’re talking 50s and 60s here) buying lunch at the tuck shop was a rare exception rather than the rule. At that time in Australia most families survived on one income and buying lunch was considered a rare treat, maybe once or twice a month. Most times we took lunch to school, maybe Vegemite sandwiches or jam. On a Monday we would probably have had cold meat and Rosella Tomato Sauce sandwiches, leftovers from the Sunday roast. My mother used to do a great silverside and I can still taste her silverside sandwiches, wrapped in grease-proof paper, placed in a paper bag with a banana for afters. And we had to bring the paper bag and paper home which would be re-used next day and the day after that! On the rare occasions we were able to buy lunch I would have a pasty with sauce and a kitchener bun (loved those kitcheners).
Do they still do school lunches in these brown paper bags now and can you still get pies and pasties and kitchener buns?