The Lunch Box Expansion Project

Dec 2, 2013

Recipes, Menu Cycles, Procurement Tools...Oh My!

Chicken Taco Tasting
Chicken Taco Tasting

F3 has all engines running to launch the new Lunch Box in June. We'll have

  • a brand new platform for our explodable recipes and menu planner to help schools meet the new USDA guidelines for healthy school meals;
  • new resources and tools to help schools transition to universal, after-the-bell breakfast, salad bar programs, and local suppliers;
  • the latest information on all the great changes coming up for school food: healthier snacks and vending machines, the new breakfast guidelines, and proposed rules to limit junk food advertising;
  • training videos and financial tools and great ways to involve students and parents in school food change; and
  • much more!

One important area that we're working is recipe development. When asked what they need most right now, school food service directors say, "Healthy recipes that kids LOVE!"

In the past few months, we've developed and tested 25 tasty recipes that meet the new USDA standards, and we're working on the next 25. These new recipes are a big step toward helping schools move from heat-and-serve equipment to cook-from-scratch kitchens.

New to the menu at The Lunch Box this June:


  • Chicken Street Tacos
  • Oven-Fried Chicken
  • Sweet & Sour Chicken
  • Veggie Burgers
  • Lasagna
  • Roasted Veggies & Cheesy Polenta
  • Beef & Broccoli Stir-fry
  • Bratwurst and Sauerkraut
  • Asian Noodles
  • Greek Pizza
  • Southwest Pizza
  • Pesto Pizza
  • BBQ Pulled Pork Sandwich
  • BBQ Ribs
  • Turkey Rueben Sandwich
  • Philly Cheesesteak
  • Cuban Chicken Sandwich
  • Chicken Pesto Sandwich
  • Meatball Sub
  • Broccoli Cheddar Quiche
  • Fish Tacos


  • Spicy Yam Poblano
  • Chicken & Rice
  • Broccoli & Cheese
  • Potato Cheddar
  • Tomato
  • Chicken Tortilla


  • Mexican Rice
  • Sweet Potato Chips
  • Lentil Salad
  • Southwest Quinoa
  • Potato Salad
  • BBQ Baked Beans
  • Mediterranean Couscous
  • Three Bean Salad
  • Sweet Potato Fries
  • Coleslaw
  • Fiesta Corn
  • Spaghetti Squash
  • Balsamic Beets
  • Roasted Delicata Squash
  • Hummus
  • Ruby Red Rice

Thank you for supporting the Lunch Box Expansion Project!

Vegetables in a School Kitchen
Vegetables in a School Kitchen
Kids give lasagna ten stars!
Kids give lasagna ten stars!



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