Packing Food Safely

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Transporting food makes safety even more of an issue. Find tips and information on packing safe lunches and food safety tips for traveling.



Bag Lunch Safety (PDF | 56 KB)

Clemson University Extension.

Follow these safety tips to avoid foodborne illnesses when eating from a lunch box or bag.


Handling Food Safely on the Road

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Fact sheet with common-sense food safety rules to keep a vacation free from foodborne illness .


Keeping "Bag" Lunches Safe

USDA. Food Safety and Inspection Service.

Food packed for field trips or other events can be kept safe if it is first handled and cooked safely. Use these tips to ensure healthy lunches!


Lunch Boxes with Young Children in Child Care Settings: Teacher and Center Strategies (PDF | 36 KB)

University of Idaho College of Agricultural and Life Sciences.

Provides tips for handling lunch boxes, including routines and schedules, setting the table environment, the food, children's developmental skills and learning, safety and sanitation, staff roles, and working with families.


Field Trip Meals (PDF | 377 KB)

Wisconsin Department of Public Instruction.

This resource provides tips and suggestions for providing reimbursable meals on school field trips, as well as several templates (DOC | 77 KB): Bag Meal Order Request Form, Bag Meal Packing Slip, List of Students Receiving Reimbursable Meals, and SOPs.


Packed Lunch Pizzazz!

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension in Lancaster County.

Provides food safety tips and a recipe for packed lunches.


Safe and Healthy Sack Lunches

University of Nebraska Cooperative Extension.

What are your reasons for carrying a lunch to work or school? Is it for convenience, necessity, or just to save money? Whatever the reason, the following tips will help you keep your brown bag lunch safe and in step with the Dietary Guidelines.


Safe Bag Lunches

Massachusetts Partnership for Food Safety Education.

Fact sheet with tips on keeping food in bag lunches safe. Also available in Chinese, Greek, Haitian, Khmer, Polish, Portuguese, Russian, and Vietnamese.


The Lunch Box Series: Safe Lunches for Preschool Children (PDF | 2.27 MB)

University of California Division of Agriculture and Natural Resources.

The Lunch Box is a series of handouts designed for San Luis Obispo County parents who pack lunches for their preschool children. This particular issues covers how to keep food safety in mind when putting together a bag lunch for preschoolers. Also available in Spanish.