Lunch Tips for Kids Who Are Back to School
Skip to Content
Alert IconEveryone, age 12 and older, is now eligible for the COVID-19 vaccine. Please visit our vaccination resources for more information.  Masks are required for patients, visitors and vendors to enter our facilities.

Published on September 01, 2020

school lunch with sandwich apple grapes pretzels crackers juice

Lunch Tips for Kids Who Are Back to School

Kids are back to school with in-person classes amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. School lunch rooms will look very different this year as lunches will be eaten in the classrooms. Some plans for schools are to encourage kids to bring their own lunches.

Here are some tips to make planning for lunches a little bit easier:

  1. Make a weekly shopping list that will help you stay focused on the items that you need. Have general items that include: fruits, vegetables, protein, grains, and dairy
  2. Pack disposable items (utensils, dishes)
  3. Avoid sharing food
  4. Wash lunch boxes with dish soap and hot water
  5. Use well insulated bag/freeze packs to keep foods safe
  6. Get the kids involved in the preparation of their lunches
  7. Pack lunches the night before to save time in the morning
  8. Practice hand hygiene. Wash hands before, and after, lunch for 20 seconds.

While we don’t know what the school year will bring, it’s important to have ongoing conversations to prepare kids that school routines can change, but everything will still be just fine.

By Debbie Lancto, LiveNOW Well-Being Specialist

Subscribe to our

wellness e-newsletter

Live Better. Live Balanced. Avera.

Avera is a health ministry rooted in the Gospel. Our mission is to make a positive impact in the lives and health of persons and communities by providing quality services guided by Christian values.

© 2021 Avera Health, Sioux Falls, SD. All Rights Reserved.