The Lunch Box





What is The Lunch Box?

The Lunch Box (TLB) is an online toolkit that provides free step-by-step guides, tools, recipes and other resources to help schools improve their meal programs and convert to scratch-cooking.

Program Goals

  • Support and motivate schools with relevant, up-to-date operational content and resources that enable them to serve healthy, scratch-cooked meals
  • Educate food service professionals on the programs and opportunities that solve common problems experienced by school food service teams
  • Provide schools with tools for marketing and promoting their lunch program and healthy eating

Program Overview

The Lunch Box is the largest online resource for scratch cooking in schools. It is designed specifically to support school district food service teams as they transition their food programs from processed foods to scratch cooking with fresh ingredients. The online toolkit provides technical support to help districts expand their services, ensuring that healthy food reaches more kids every day. Users have free access to scalable and downloadable recipes, examples of USDA compliant menu cycles, procurement tools, financial calculators, implementation strategies for salad bars and breakfast, training tools, marketing materials such as posters and signs, and much more.

Program Impact

In 2018, more than 4,000 users downloaded resources 21,500 times to transform school food in their districts!

Click here to visit The Lunch Box and start exploring resources!


Thank you to Whole Foods Market for supporting the design and construction of the very first Lunch Box website.


The Lunch Box is updating our crucial tools to help schools fulfill recent changes in USDA guidelines. Help us reach our $20,000 goal. Donate today!