Packing lunches can help you eat healthier and save money. But it’s important to make sure the items you’re packing stay safe. Perishable items (meats, cut produce, dairy) need to maintain temperatures cooler than 40 degrees Fahrenheit to reduce the risk of foodborne illness. FOLLOW THESE TIPS TO HELP KEEP PACKED LUNCHES SAFE!

• Pack lunches in insulated lunch bags. If they contain anything perishable, refrigerate them.

• If refrigeration is unavailable at school or work, use at least two ice packs to help maintain proper temperature.

• Freeze juice boxes and bottled water to serve as additional ice packs.

• Consider non-perishable options (no refrigeration needed) such as whole-grain crackers, bananas, oranges, granola, etc.