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Safe School Lunch Packing Tips

The COVID-19 pandemic has changed a lot about lunchtime. For some of us, the kitchen table has become an unexpected office or a learning space for schoolwork.  For others, it could mean a habit of eating out has been changing to packing a lunch. Schools may have changes in terms of where kids sit to eat. If you need to pack lunch for your kids, here are a few things to remember:

  • When making a lunch, wash your hands first and make sure to use clean cutting boards and utensils.
  • Make sure cooked food has been fully cooked, especially if it contains meat.
  • Keep perishable food cool with an ice pack, ideally in an insulated bag. Alternatively, you could pack a frozen bottle of water or juice box to drink once thawed.
  • It may be helpful to include a reminder to wash hands before eating. This is especially important these days for illness prevention.
  • After lunch, throw away any leftover perishable food as well as food packaging. Bring home reusable containers for cleaning but do not reuse things like sandwich bags to avoid cross-contamination.

Get more food safety tips from the USDA.

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