Forget the mystery meat, Lunchables to debut in school cafeterias

Forget the mystery meat, Lunchables to debut in school cafeterias

(As originally published with more photos, Tue, March 14th 2023, 1:34 PM EDT)

(TND) — Students will be seeing a familiar name in their cafeterias when the next school year starts.

Lunchables will be part of school lunch programs.

It won’t be the exact ready-to-eat packages Kraft Heinz sells in grocery stores.

The company had to ensure the products meet federal guidelines. That meant “improved nutrition” by reformulating the ingredients for schools.

The products, which the company says are “Now Built for Schools,” are Turkey and Cheddar Cracker Stackers and Extra Cheesy Pizza.

Forget the mystery meat, Lunchables to debut in school cafeterias
Both new Lunchables use “a specialized recipe that incorporates more protein and whole grains to keep kids powered throughout the day, reduced saturated fat and sodium, and an increased serving size,” March 14, 2023. (Kraft Heinz)

Neither would have to be kept frozen; refrigerating will do.

They’ll be available to school administrators around the country. The administrators would be able to sell the new Lunchables to students or give them away through the National School Lunch Program.

There’s no word yet on what they’ll cost schools or students.

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