Getting your kids to eat school lunch just got a lot easier…
If you have a picky eater (like I do) or have a kid that will only eat Lunchables they take from home, I have some great news for you!
Kraft Heinz (the parent company of Lunchables) is getting ready-to-eat packaged Lunchables into school lunch programs starting this fall!!
Now, before you get upset and worry about the processed ingredients in these, you should know, the company had to reformulate the ingredients to ensure the products meet federal guidelines first.
Honestly, that is how these should have always been made, right?!
Kraft Heinz said the new products will be available nationwide to all school administrators to procure and offer to students either for purchase in the lunchroom – though the company did not disclose the cost to schools – or for free through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
In addition to rolling out Lunchables in schools, the company said it’s also testing the addition of packaged Lunchables fruits for sale in stores later this year, “with the potential to scale nationally in 2024.”
There will be two varieties to choose from including the turkey and cheddar and the extra cheese pizza option.
The packaging for the turkey and cheddar Lunchables option is described as a 3.5 ounce container. The document said it contains 2-ounce equivalents MMA (meat/meat alternative), one ounce equivalent of grain and “meets whole grain rich criteria” of the NSLP. Kraft Heinz said Tuesday that it contains 6g of saturated fat and 930mg of sodium.
The extra cheesy pizza option comes in a 5.05 ounce container and contains 2 ounces equivalent of MMA, 2 ounce equivalents of grain, 1/8 cup of red/orange vegetable, 7g of saturated fat, 700 mg of sodium and “meets whole grain rich criteria” of the NSLP.
Kraft Heinz said both options were made using “a specialized recipe that incorporates more protein and whole grains to keep kids powered throughout the day, reduced saturated fat and sodium, and an increased serving size.”
Honestly, I am excited this is being offered in schools as a mom that has some picky kids but will eat these!