School Lunch

Learn everything you need to know about your school's hot lunch program and how to help your kid make smart choices. Plus: New ideas for the tired sack lunch.

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10 Meal Prep Tips to Save You Money on School Lunches
Packing school lunches can be daunting, especially on a budget. Moms, budget-lifestyle experts, and dietitians share tips for cutting costs while still creating meals your kids will actually eat.
Impossible Burger Is Coming to School Lunch—Here Are the Nutrition Facts Parents Need to Know
The mock-meat burger gets the OK to be served in K-12 cafeterias. But are Impossible Burgers healthy for kids? A dietitian breaks down what they're made of and how they fit into a nutritious diet.
Schools Are Struggling to Feed Our Kids—Here's What You Can Do to Help
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues on, companies, cafeteria workers, and government agencies have been working tirelessly to feed children—and get food to the millions of kids eligible for free or reduced-price school meals. But there's much work still to be done.
School Lunch Debt Should Be Banned
Lunch debt leaves kids hungry and emotionally scarred. And students shouldn't be punished for their socioeconomic circumstances. Here's what needs to change.
8 Healthy Packed Lunches Your Kid Will Actually Finish
From upgraded peanut butter sandwiches to pizza kebabs, these ready-to-go meals are nutritious and delicious.
Indiana Kindergartner 'Lunch-Shamed' for Not Having Enough Money for Her $2.25 Meal
Anya Howard said her classmates laughed at her after a cafeteria worker sent her to the back of the line for a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
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Peanut-Free Snacks for School
We've taken the guesswork out of figuring out which packaged snacks you can and can't send into a peanut-free lunchroom, with a monster list of goodies—some tried and true, some brand new—all of which are totally peanut-free and delicious.
How Dirty Is Your Kid's Lunchbox? You May Not Want to Know
A new study looks at the things you didn't pack, and don't want, in your child's lunch.

This School Put a 'Lunch Money' Stamp on a Student's Arm, and It's Not OK

An elementary school boy was humiliated by a "lunch money" stamp on his arm when his account balance fell, and now a picture of it is going viral.