Eat Right at School

My Child Doesn't Eat the Lunch I Pack! What Do I Do?

You've packed your child a lunchbox worthy of sharing on social media, so why are the contents untouched at the end of the day? Work with your kids to see if some simple sleuthing can help you determine the cause of lunchtime leftovers.

Help children choose nutritious foods at school, plan brain-boosting after school snacks, and advocate for strong school wellness policies.

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