School Lunch Time Crunch

Southeast Region Leadership Team

Summer is ending and a new school year is on the horizon. As a busy parent, you might be feeling anxious as you pull together your family’s fall schedule. A nutritious lunch for your kids should be top of mind, and we’re here to help you get through the school lunch time crunch with three easy tips!

#1. Avoid the Last Minute Rush

Pack your child’s lunch ahead of time using MyPlate as your guide. Here are some suggestions to get you started:

  • Make your own lunchables by cutting lunch meat and cheese into small squares and pairing with whole grain crackers
  • Keep drinks cold by freezing juice boxes, personal chugs of low fat milk, or water bottles. It’ll melt and be the perfect temp come lunch time.
  • Always add fruits and veggies. Bell pepper strips, carrot sticks, fresh berries, and apple slices tossed in lemon juice are all great options.
  • Check out ways to avoid brown bag boredom here!

#2. Keep the Clock in Mind for Food Safety

Insulated thermoses and lunch bags help keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Aside from keeping lunch tasting great, keeping food at the right temperature means avoiding foodborne illness. Be sure to add icepacks to your child’s lunch bags as well. For more information on reducing foodborne illness visit

#3. Save Time with School Lunch

Don’t have time to make lunch? No problem! Your child’s school offers an easy, stress-free and nutritious lunch every day. School lunch programs continue to offer balanced meals that help promote healthy eating habits and optimal nutrition.  Rest assured, your child’s foodservice and nutrition staff works hard to provide nutritious meals that result in less stress for you.

Regardless of how you feed your child lunch, nutrition doesn’t have to be time consuming. For more ideas to keep your family healthy, visit!