Grab & Go Lunch Bins
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School is back in session in 2 weeks and I am slowly getting my behind in gear. Lunchboxes, backpacks, and school shoes are checked off my list. We even have a great new solution for back to school which involves a simple kitchen hack. These Grab & Go Lunch Bins make lunch painless, teach kids responsibility, and they also cut down on food waste.
Why? Because kids get to pick exactly what they want for lunch each day!
I was inspired to make these Grab & Go Lunch Bins after initially making back to school organization bins. While those will work for some stuff, I wanted to dig a little deeper and make a lunch system that my three kids could participate in. We will have their 3 lunchboxes in their cubbies with these bins (I need to buy more) well-stocked to provide 1 week’s worth of pantry-stable school lunches.
Of course some days, the kids might bring perishables, but for the most part these Grab & Go Lunch Bins will work out perfectly. The kids can choose 2 snacks of their choice, 2 drinks and a sandwich like peanut butter and jelly which is their favorite! They especially love when I cut the sandwiches up into shapes like hearts which removes the crust.
To get ready for the back to school season, we headed to Stop & Shop to pick up some Jif® Peanut Butter, Uncrustables® Sandwiches (available in the freezer aisle), Smucker’s® Strawberry Jam, Jif bars®, Mott’s® Applesauce, and Mott’s 100% Juice Pouches.
Everything was perfectly priced right to stay within my weekly budget! That is always a plus when you have 5 mouths to feed!
These items were all easily accessible and make the ideal back to school lunch!
My kids love Mott’s Apple, Apple White Grape, and Apple Mango 100% juices. Each juice pouch of Mott’s 100% Apple Mango Juice provides 1½ servings of fruit.* Enjoy Mott’s in a variety of sizes. Available in a NEW 6.75 oz. juice pouch for families on the go.
Make your own Grab & Go Lunch Bins
- Metal crates
- Crate Clips
- Dry erase marker
- Non-perishables lunch choices
For our Grab & Go Lunch Bins, we used metal crates, and dry-erase crate clips to assign each bin a purpose.
We have a snack bin, lunch bun, and drink bins.
Since the crates are metal, we used a dry-erase marker to also write instructions on each bin. For example, we have “take two drinks” on the drink bin.
This system works out awesome, because I can even leave the Friday pizza money in separate envelopes for the kids if need be.
You can also leave cards in them that say “lunch from the freezer + an ice pack for meals like
If you want to teach your kids responsibility this back to school season, consider creating these Grab & Go Lunch Bins!
Right now, you can earn up to $5.50 cash-back with Ibotta!
- Buy 1, Get $0.75 Smucker’s Fruit Spreads (9 oz. or larger):
- Buy 1, Get $0.75 Jif Peanut Butter (16 oz. or larger)
- Buy 1, Get $1.00 Smucker’s Uncrustables Sandwiches (4 ct. or larger)
- Buy 1, Get $0.75 Jif Bars (5 ct.)
Will you be making a Grab & Go lunch bin? When do your kids go back to school?