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With Our Fall Pantry Favorites

Having a well-stocked kitchen makes it easy to assemble meals and snacks that support your health. Here are our top 12 pantry favorites to give you a fresh start in fall.

Frozen Strawberries

The perfect addition to yogurt parfaits, oatmeal, smoothies, and desserts.

Peanut Butter

An easy nutrition boost for your toast, waffles, smoothies, and oatmeal.

Vanilla Yogurt

Start your day with protein and enjoy the health benefits of dairy.

Honeycrisp Apples

A must-have for your fall pantry, they’re easy to grab and go for meals and snacks.

Soft Whole Wheat Bread

A kid-friendly whole grain option for toast and sandwiches!


Use it as a spread for sandwiches or dip for veggies to add plant protein to your lunch and snacks.

Baby Carrots

Enjoy this kid favorite as a crunchy side, dipped in hummus, or roasted for dinner!

Chicken Breasts

A versatile lean protein perfect for dinner or as leftovers for lunch.

Black Beans

Add a fiber and protein boost to tacos, chili, salads, and homemade hummus or salsa!

Brown Rice

Instant and frozen options of this gluten-free whole grain are ready in a pinch.


11. Tilapia

A great way for kids and adults to get omega-3s to support healthy eyes, brains and hearts.

Winter Squashes

Great as a side or base for soups, and perfect for chilly weather!

For more inspiration, check out our Stock For Success sheet.


To Help You Pack a Balanced Lunch

Watch our tips for packing an easy and nutritious lunch box.

Lunch Box Builder Activity Sheet

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Food Safety Lunch Packing Tips

  • Wash your hands with soap and water for at least 20 seconds before preparing your lunch
  • Keep cold foods cold—Use ice packs or a frozen bottled water (it will defrost by lunch)
  • Keep hot foods hot—Use an insulated bottle or thermos to keep your food hot
  • Check if your child’s school has guidelines regarding food allergens

For more helpful tips, check out the USDA’s tips for Keeping “Bag” Lunches Safe

Lunch Packing