This study was carried out to assess the influence of socio-economic status on intake of lunch in school age children from ten public primary schools in Ondo Town. A cross- sectional survey was conducted among 150 primary school children aged 6-12yeras old. The instrument used for this study was structured interviewer- administered questionnaire which contained questions on the socio-economic and the dietary pattern. Data showed that, majority of the respondents were female (52.0%); their age range was between 7-12years. Most Mothers were traders(50.0%), from the Yoruba ethnic group (71.3%).The family type was majorly monogamy (74.0%) and majority (59.3%)were Christians.Those who ate three times a day were (72.0%)and the food they liked most (54.0%)was rice. The study revealed that the lunch eaten by the children were mostly bought from the school vendors. It was also found that the quantity of food taken by the children were inadequate to sustain them in the school because of little amount of money given to them by their parents. From the findings, the respondents did not consume qualitatuve and quantitative diets that can help in growth and development. Therefore, the government should give a feeding guideline to the schools; and the food vendors should be given nutritional education in form of workshops, to enhance the quality of school meal they serve the students, this in turn may be beneficial in improving the nutritional status and academic performance of public school children in Ondo town and Nigeria as a whole.
Keywords: economic status, children, lunch, primary, school, Ondo town
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