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Where do children get food?


In the houses and mapping activity, children thought about where families with different incomes might get food from, what food is in the cupboards, and what meal times are like.

A family that can easily afford what they need

Where do they get their food?

“Maybe a Sainsbury’s, or something like that.”

“They might go to Costa for coffee and sweet shops.”

“A big restaurant.”

“They might grow a lot of their food.”

“When they first got the house they might have spent quite a bit of money to build a special room like a greenhouse but inside.”

How do they get there?

“They drive.”

What are meal times like?

“Everything you need and some treats.”

“They watch TV programmes about food, for example Masterchef, they learn how to make foods. They go to places to learn about making food, buy cookery books.”

“Maybe they have a six-foot-long table with food on it… And they have three candles.

“They have a living room and so many tables, lots of food… and they talk about things.”

“The first one might have a thing where they press a button and it goes around. And the other one might have just a normal one – a wooden spoon.”

“Their friends might come over.”

“They have family time.”

“They have beef! The first house has beef. Because they have more money than the other house, and they have a big fridge to put it in.”

A family having a tough time with money

Where do they get their food?

“They wouldn’t want to spend tons of money on stuff they don’t necessarily need. In Sainsbury’s and Tesco they normally put up the prices a little bit. You get a bunch of bananas for like 50p but in a fruit shop it might be 10p. So they would either go to the fruit shop or they might go to the food bank.”

“Maybe a shop that doesn’t cost any money. We could make it up, because all shops cost money. We could make a free shop.”

“Maybe their Granny and Grandpa live a long way away. They have to walk a long way every day because they don’t have a car, but they go to their Granny’s for food and drink because their Granny has the right amount.”

How do they get there?

“They have to go there on foot.”

“They might have to go a long way… they may be in the Highlands.”

What are meal times like?

“Maybe one person has food one day, and the other person has food the other day.”

“I think they might not have dinner together, they might not afford a big table.”

“I don’t think they have a kitchen table… Maybe they eat it in their Mum and Dad’s room.”

“They’d just sit on the couch with the telly on.”

“This house might not have a cooker.”

“I don’t think they have breakfast… because maybe the Mum and Dad don’t want to waste their money just on the breakfast.”

“Maybe they just need dinner and lunch instead of supper and breakfast.”

“This one would have less in it than the other one.”

“Milk, and that’s it.”

“They can’t get any food, well, they can get bread?”