Lunchables, the ready-to-eat meal kit beloved by generations, will soon be part of school lunch programs across the country, CNN reports. But the offerings won’t be your pepperoni pizza or nachos cheese variety. Kraft Heinz, the makers of the pre-packaged meals, have made some changes to the ingredients in order to meet federal nutrition guidelines.
Starting this fall, the new-and-improved Lunchables will be available nationwide for school administrators to offer to students either for purchase in the lunchroom (the company has not disclosed what the cost will be) or for free through the National School Lunch Program (NSLP).
Executive vice president Carlos Abrams-Rivera told CNN that Lunchables will have “improved nutrition” that meets NSLP’s standards to be served to all grades K-12 for the the 2023-2024 school year.
While the company has not released any more information about the meals, the company’s website Kraft Heinz Away From Home appears to show two new products that are “built for schools” and “now meet NSLP” guidelines: the turkey and cheddar cheese cracker kit and the extra cheesy pizza meal.