Back to School
The most important tips to remember about packing school lunches:
- Always keep everything clean: Hands, surfaces, utensils, fresh fruit and veggies, everything!
- Keep hot foods hot: Use an insulated bottle for hot foods.
- Keep cold foods cold: Use an insulated lunch box and frozen gel packs – or a frozen juice box – to keep things cool until lunchtime (but not later).
- When you’re done, throw it away: Throw away used paper and plastic bags. And throw away any perishable leftovers.
Keeping "Bag" Lunches Safe (USDA)
Safe handling recommendations to prevent foodborne illness from "bag" lunches.