•  Plain noodles with topping-butter, pesto, Parmesan 

​          cheese etc.

  • Mini-Bagles with toppings-  cream cheese, hummus

           peanut butter

  • Cheese quesadillas
  • Pasta Salad
  • Tortilla roll-ups using cream cheese, turkey,

           avocado etc.

  • Sandwiches cut into different shapes 
  • Make -your-own Lunchables
  • Hard boiled eggs
  • Rice crackers (the little ones) turned into sandwiches
  • Cut fruit into fun shapes

        For those who won't eat Sandwiches

  • Roll string cheese with lunch meat
  • Bean & cheese burrito
  • Cold pasta salad with chicken chunks
  • Pretzel sticks in cheese cubes
  • Egg salad with crackers
  • Pizza
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti
  • Dinner from the night before

​          Vegetarian lunch ideas

  • Cheese sandwich
  • Pasta salad
  • Crackers with hummus, cream cheese, peanut butter
  • Mini bagel with cream cheese
  • Tuna fish sandwich
  • Tuna fish with crackers
  • Yogurt with real fruit
  • Fried rice
  • Pieces of baked tofu cheese and crackers with

          fruit slices

  • Beans and rice


  Due to allergies, personal choice and other dietary or personal restrictions, we ask that your child bring a lunch from home.  This provides a little comfort of home during the day and allows the children to see what others are eating and therefore sparks a curiosity for trying new things during meal time at home.

  We also understand that our parents sometimes feel as if they are in a "lunch box slump". We hope that these ideas will help inspire you to be creative when planning your child's lunch. Lunch should be simple, healthy, and nutritious.


For Picky Eaters

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For those who only eat hot foods

​​​We do not offer our oven, stove or microwave oven to heat your child's lunch. We do suggest that foods be heated at home in the morning and placed in a wide-mouthed thermos. You can find these thermoses for sale at stores such as Target and Walmart.

  • Macaroni and cheese
  • Soup
  • Spaghetti
  • Rice
  • Pasta 
  • Chow Mein
  • Tamales
  • Burritos
  • Pizza

Lunch ideas for the younger crowd

  • Yogurt
  • Pasta
  • Cut-up fruit and veggies
  • Apple sauce
  • Rice cakes
  • Graham crackers with peanut butter
  • Apple slices with peanut butter