Our Food

Learn about our food, our menu philosophy, and our ordering portal in the sections below.

Our Menu Philosophy & Ordering Portal

Have you wondered how you order meals through Smart Lunches? This video podcast takes you on a virtual tour of our online ordering portal. Learn how delicious preschool lunch ideas fit into our menu strategy to ensure your lunches meet CACFP nutrition guidelines.

A Short Tour of the Smart Lunches Ordering Portal & Monthly Menus

(To see more episodes of our NUGGETS video podcast, visit our Blog.)


Great preshool lunch ideas from Smart Lunches like our Curry Chicken with Veggies shown here.

See all of the great lunch ideas on this month’s menu!

(Like our delicious Chicken Curry with Veggies.)


Our Culinary Philosophy

We're passionate about food, food safety and nutrition. LEarn more about our commitment to you in ouir Culinary Philosophy statement.

Rely on Smart Lunches for Great Childcare & Preschool Lunch Ideas

Kids are tough customers. From “picky eaters” to food allergies and sensitivities, choking hazards and cultural and regional food and flavor preferences, there is a lot to consider. Parents are concerned about nutrition, childhood obesity, and sustainability, as well as the impact of processed foods and artificial ingredients. Plus, the meals must be affordable and maintain their quality and integrity as they are delivered from our kitchens to your schools.

Food Safety

When it comes to food safety, there can be no compromise. Every meal is prepared to a safe temperature and maintained at a safe temperature until it arrives at your school.

In accordance with COVID-19 food safety best practices, kitchen and delivery staff are vaccinated and have their temperatures and health status recorded daily. Employees wear masks and gloves in the kitchen, wash hands thoroughly and regularly, and practice social distancing. Food is delivered to your school’s door by a masked and gloved employee who drops off full food totes, then picks up the prior day’s empty totes. All food preparation and delivery surfaces and equipment are sanitized at least once daily and more often as appropriate.

Every recipe is double- and triple-checked for potential food allergens. The allergens are flagged in our ordering portal and periodically reviewed. There are no nuts in any of our recipes.

We strictly follow USDA guidelines, including guidelines for avoiding choking hazards.

Endless Lunch Ideas

Smart Lunches delivers food kids love to eat. We constantly survey our schools, and we look for feedback from your kids, to ensure our lunch ideas and menu selections meet your needs. We’ve learned that nothing is going to knock chicken nuggets and mac & cheese off the list of kid favorites, but we are committed to providing kids with opportunities to broaden their palates. That’s why you’ll also find selections like Fiesta Chicken, Lentil Bolognese, mild curry dishes, hummus, and fried rice.

Diet & Nutrition

You trust us to serve your children delicious, wholesome, and kid-friendly meals.  That’s why our kitchens are led by trained chefs who are passionate about their work. We make meals daily from small batch recipes that are USDA compliant.  Our food is made with whole grains, lean proteins and colorful fruits and vegetables.  We grill, bake, boil, and sauté, but do not deep fry any food.  And we deliver lunches hot and on time every working day of the year. 

Our fruit is fresh, and our vegetables are fresh or fresh frozen.  Our chicken is baked with kosher salt and a little oil – that’s it.  And what we don’t make in our kitchens, we source with a mind to cleaner, less complicated labels.  We subscribe to time honored cooking methods and we use understandable, common sense ingredients.  We avoid high fructose corn syrup and work to create meals that are good for your kids and that they will enjoy eating.  So, we have nuggets, fish sticks, and mac and cheese, but also veggie chili, curry chicken, and teriyaki veggie noodles.

We are Smart Lunches – old fashioned cooking, a little smarter.