The days of soggy tater tots and cardboard-stiff pizza are over. From chicken tikka masala and pasta primavera to avocado rolls and barbecue chicken wraps, today’s young foodies can order made-from-scratch meals and have them delivered straight to school. Hungry yet? Read on to find out how to upgrade your kid’s school cuisine.
Revolution Foods – Nationwide
The Big Picture: Founded in 2006 by two ambitious moms hoping to change lunchtime at America's schools, Revolution Foods is now one of the largest lunch providers in the nation, dishing out more than 1.5 million meals per week to kids K-12. All meals are made without any artificial colors, flavors, sweeteners, high-fructose corn syrup, MSG, nitrates or nitrites.
Where: California, Texas, Colorado, Louisiana, Tennessee, the Mid-Atlantic states and New England.
What's on the Menu: Firecracker chicken and noodles; cheese pizza panada pie; chicken taco trio; whole grain pancakes with mini chicken sausages.
How it works: The company works directly with the schools under the National School Lunch Program, so meals are served family-style or in cafeterias for little or no cost to the students.
What makes it unique: If your school isn't one of the more than 1,000 on the delivery list, you can get Revolution's Bundle Boxes, Lunch Bundles, Granola Bundles, Bundle Box Dippers, and In A Cup Dippers at supermarkets nationwide.
Average cost: Free to qualified students under the National School Lunch Program.
photo: Revolution Foods
Editor’s Note: All of these companies require a partnership with a school in order to deliver lunches. If your school is not on board yet, talk to the school’s principal or food coordinator to drum up interest.
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