Ready to Eat Foods

  • Keep hot foods hot and cold foods cold. Even lunch meat, poultry and eggs must be kept cold.

  • Processed and prepackaged food items that do not need to be refrigerated include fruits, bread, crackers, vegetables, cookies, canned meats, shelf-stable cheeses, packaged pudding, packaged snack bars and chips, canned fruits and juices.

  • Small freezer gel packs, available in most supermarkets and kitchen supply stores, can be tucked into lunch boxes and ice chests early in the morning to keep the cold items safe the few hours until lunch. Leftovers should be thrown away. 

  • Mayonnaise can be used in lunch box foods, as long as it is commercially prepared and not homemade. 

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