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August 5, 2016

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GIANT/MARTIN’S nutritionists take the stress out of packing lunch for your kids

Carlisle, PA - The nutritionists at GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets want to help parents start the new school year off right by packing nutritious lunches. GIANT/MARTIN’S Build a Better Lunch infographic includes ideas to help parents think outside of the lunchbox.

“GIANT/MARTIN’S wants to help families save money, save time and eat well throughout the new school year with plenty of ideas for lunches that taste great and provide needed nutrition and energy to help kids make it through the school day,” said Sarah Glunz, GIANT/MARTIN’S lead nutritionist. “Keep healthy choices top of mind, but think outside of the lunchbox too with different offerings to keep kids interested.”

GIANT/MARTIN’S nutritionists also offer their top tips to build a better lunch:

  • Get kids involved: Have your child help you make a list of all the foods they like in each of the five food groups. Use GIANT/MARTIN’S Build a Better Lunch infographic to help you get started or visit for a more complete list of the foods in each group. This list will help to make sure you keep these items on-hand. Use MyPlate as a reminder to include the five food groups – grains, protein, fruits, veggies, and dairy.
  • Food groups: Remember to include a minimum of 3 food groups in your child’s lunch.
  • Organize: Use a lunchbox with divided sections or separate containers to help you remember to include multiple food groups.
  • Outside the lunchbox: Lunch doesn’t have to be a sandwich. Instead try some crackers and a hardboiled egg or rice cakes with nut butter or make skewers with fruit and cheese. The possibilities are endless!

For more lunchbox friendly ideas check out Savory Fast, Fresh and Easy™ magazine and digital platform in-store or at GIANT or MARTIN’S websites; and be sure to follow GIANT or MARTIN’S on Pinterest.

Build a Better Lunch (PDF)


GIANT/MARTIN’S is committed to working every day to help its customers save money, save time and eat well. Founded in 1923 in Carlisle, Pennsylvania, GIANT/MARTIN’S operates nearly 200 grocery stores in Pennsylvania, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia, under the names of GIANT Food Stores and MARTIN’S Food Markets. GIANT/MARTIN’S employs more than 33,000 associates and is a division of Ahold USA. In addition to working with hundreds of local and regional organizations annually, GIANT/MARTIN’S has a long-standing focus on efforts to eradicate hunger and improve the quality of life for children. GIANT/MARTIN’S is one of the top ten fund-raisers in the country for local Children’s Miracle Network hospitals. The company was also recognized as 2015 Chain Retailer of the Year by Grocery Headquarters. For more information visit the GIANT or MARTIN'S websites. Find GIANT and MARTIN'S on Facebook and on Twitter @GiantFoodStores or @MartinsFoodMkts.