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.



Smart Lunches – East Coast & Chicago

The Big Picture: Parents can choose from more than 50 items on a rotating menu with this lunch delivery service, which provides meals to more than 200 schools, camps, and child care institutions throughout the East Coast and in Chicago.

Where: Boston, Philadelphia, Chicago, DC, and Atlanta, with branches in New York and Southern Connecticut to launch in the fall.

What's on the Menu:  Mediterranean chicken wrap; Southwestern salad with chicken; chicken fingers and mashed potatoes; French toast with vegetarian sausage. 

How it works: Parents can go online or use their smartphones to put together their child's lunch—selections vary daily and include six entrees and five side items. Lunches are delivered to the school just before lunchtime.

What makes it unique: One to two percent of lunch sales go back to the school; furthermore, a portion of other revenues is given to local food banks.

Average cost: $6.50


photo: Smart Lunches

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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