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.



Red Rabbit – New York City. NY

The Big Picture: This Harlem-based business was founded in 2005 and serves more than 20,000 meals per day to elementary and middle schools throughout New York City, dishing up traditional (but healthy) favorites for little or no cost to qualified students.

Where: All New York City boroughs except Staten Island (for now).

What's on the Menu: Cauliflower mac 'n' cheese; hand-pulled barbecue turkey with homemade barbecue sauce; cheese frittatas; and fruit and yogurt parfaits.

What makes it unique: Everything is nutrient-dense and made from scratch in the Harlem-based kitchen. Nothing is frozen, processed, or fried (Bye, bye greasy nuggets!); and all meats are bought directly from local butchers. Lunches are served family-style.

Average cost per meal: Free or low-cost to students who qualify for the National School Lunch Program. In schools that don't apply for federal reimbursement, lunches are about $5 per meal.


photo: Red Rabbit


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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Are you interested in getting a cool lunch program at your kid’s school? Share with us in a comment below! 

—Melissa Heckscher

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