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?
That is a great idea!!! Where did you get these bins?
I’ll have to incorporate this bin system into my home. What a great way to stay organized too.
These bins are such a wonderful idea. These are a great way to let your child be independent.
These are great snack ideas! Definitely picking these up for back to school!
Toni | Boulder Locavore says
This is really a great idea!! I will definitely try this in my house!
Jenna Wood says
This is such a great idea- I’ve also seen snacks organized in a hanging shoe organizer. Anything to save time and stress!
Grab & Go lunch bins are such a great idea! Kids feel empowered to make their own choices, and mornings run more smoothly. Awesome!
Liz Mays says
The lunch bins are seriously a good way to stay organized. Sometimes it’s super hard to get everyone ready for school and out the door on time!
Claudia Krusch says
Jif Bars and Motts apple sauce are two favorites in my house. I will have to get the supplies I need to do this for lunches this year. It is going to be a big time saver.
Kelly Hutchinson says
I love this idea! It makes lunches easier for me. It also gives the kids some independence in choosing what they want.
Shelby @ For The Love of Paws says
Love the heart shape!! That’s so fun. :)
Sadie Roach says
This is such a cool idea to get kids involved! This definitely gives kiddos a little taste of independence since it allows them to be a little bit in control of what they get.
Bill Sweeney says
This is the perfect thing for any busy family. It really cuts down on the rush and craziness of mornings.
Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle says
This is such a great idea! I’m always pressed for time, so setting something up like this for the kids would be a huge help for me.
This is a great idea! In fact, it would make school mornings so much easier and allow the kids a bit of independence when it comes to packing their own lunches.
Adriana Lopez Martn says
What a great and practical idea to prepare pick and choose bins. Loved it thanks for your participation on this shop. ~ client
I love this idea. I like to involve my kids in lunch prep as much as I can, and this is great.