This conversation is inspired by a question from Pathfinder Friends and Family Facebook Group.
Q: My sons don't like their lunches. What will Pathfinder do for lunch?
A: Well, whatever kids want to do for lunch! Most kids at most schools I've been to bring their own bag lunches / leftovers. The answer to "When's lunchtime?" is, "Whenever you're hungry!"
Kids at the Circle School open house I attended said the number one thing about going to their school vs traditional school is, "I can eat whenever I want."
Some younger kids struggle with remembering to stop playing and eat lunch. Many use timers to remind themselves to eat lunch, or pick a lunch buddy, or just don't eat lunch and realize they are hungry when their parents pick them up. It's both freeing and difficult to be responsible for taking care of yourself.
Lots of places have special rules for ordering takeout (in case parents send money for that.) It's regulated at The Circle School for example that you have to tip the delivery person at least 15%. :)
Q: It would be nice if children could use a microwave. That was always a problem at their past schools. They couldn't warm up their food.
A: Of course! Kids can use the microwave if shown how and if there are rules about not putting aluminum in it, excessive mess, etc. No problem!
There is also Hot Lunch Friday at Arts & Ideas, (which I've blogged about here in more detail-) where the kids in the Kitchen Corp plan the menus, buy ingredients, balance the budget, and cook the food. Anything is possible.
Though if you leave it up to the kids entirely, they might end up with something like this for lunch...
(Hint: It's not edible.)