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Your Kids' Lunch—Just a Mouse Click Away

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It’s hard to believe the summer is almost over and school is about ready to start. Man, time flies all the faster the older I get.

Luckily, Maisie isn’t old enough to need to bring lunch to school just yet. Thank God. As I’ve said before, figuring out what to feed Maisie is one of the most challenging parts of parenting. The thought of figuring out portable, healthy, tasty meals is mind-boggling. I guess some things never change no matter how many generations go by. I remember my mother whining about packing my lunch every day.

But wait! Help is on the way! It’s called BrownBagginit.com. It’s a new lunch program that’s launching in September and is available in Westchester, Putnam, and Fairfield Counties. The idea is that parents can go online and choose from a menu of healthy options. The company will then prepare the lunch you order and your kid will either eat it or, if s/he’s like me, trade it away for some new cool gadget.

You know what this means? No more dragging in groceries. No more making sandwiches that only end up forgotten and rotting stuffed in backpacks. No more wracking your brain for something new. It’s that simple.

Right now, the program is only deliverable to groups or schools. So if your kid goes to a religious school without a cafeteria or your school wants to offer an alternative, this program could be for you. You just may need to be the parent who needs to bring it to everybody’s attention and get the school to sign up. Once enough people are on board, each parent can then customize the meal that is delivered to the school for little ones. There are gluten-free and organic options, too. If even choosing is too much for your back-to-school-addled-brain, you can do a quick-fire menu, meaning that all the choosing has been done for you.

The plan is to eventually grow the company big enough to be able to deliver the lunches to individual homes. So even if your school doesn’t have the program, your kid can still nab one of these tasty meals right at your own doorstep—all for about five bucks.

Okay—off I go to pit some cherries for Maisie and put Hudson on the boob. No wonder I hate feeding the kids. Healthy options are so time-consuming!