The Lunch Box

Welcome to the largest online resource for scratch cooking in schools! A program of the Chef Ann Foundation, this site features step-by-step guides, tools, and other resources to help schools improve their meal programs and convert to scratch-cooking.

By cooking from scratch (with whole, fresh ingredients), school food programs can provide delicious, nutritious meals for students. Research has shown scratch-cooking to have incredible benefits, like increased meal participation, improved student attendance, and decreased risk of diseases like diabetes.

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Program Impact

The Lunch Box provides many digital resources and tools for school food professionals. Online registration also helps us track impact and support funding initiatives.

23,012

site users registered

103,131

downloaded resources

5,569

school districts registered

Program Impact

The Lunch Box provides many digital resources and tools for school food professionals. Online registration also helps us track impact and support funding initiatives.

23,012

site users registered

103,131

downloaded resources

5,569

school districts registered

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Management Tools & Resources

Looking for meal cost worksheets, menu cycle plans, or food cost projection worksheets? Check out our collection of easy downloads to help plan your program.

Supporting Research

Check out these significant research and case studies that outline the benefits of healthy school food programs, which can be helpful when discussing school food changes with school district administration and community stakeholders.

COVID Resources

COVID has changed the school food world, and we’re here to help. We’ve gathered the most-up-to-date helpful resources, links, and information.

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