The lunches our children bring to school are more than food—they are a nourishing connection to family and heritage.
Yet too often for Asian American and Pacific Islander children—and others with culturally diverse foods—bringing lunch to school can become a source of shame and distress.
LOVE YOUR LUNCH aims to change that by nurturing curiosity about the foods we cherish, and encouraging children to take pride in their families’ food traditions. Use our art project template, parent/educator guides, and other resources to learn about loving your lunch at home, or bring this project to your school or community.
Calling All Students
Draw a picture of your favorite lunch, and enter it in our art contest for a chance to have your artwork on display at Local Coffee! Download our template (see links right/below) and submit your drawing by April 21, 2023.
You can drop off your entry at Local Coffee in Montclair (107 Watchung Ave.) or mail it to 89 Edgemont Rd, Montclair, NJ 07043.
Calling All Local Businesses and Restaurants
Help make Montclair a town where all students are proud of their lunch. There are several ways you can support Love Your Lunch:
To get involved, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Download Art Templates
New Jersey public school educators are invited to complete a simple application to receive a free Love Your Lunch box filled with books and resources to help children learn to celebrate and respect everyone’s lunch.
To apply, please complete this brief form.
What’s that? by Karen Chan
Lunch from Home by Joshua David Stein
Yoko by Rosemary Wells
Parent, student, and educator guides
Plus some fun extras for our wonderful teachers!
Your donation of $50 or more will allow you to nominate a New Jersey public school kindergarten through 2nd grade educator to receive a LOVE YOUR LUNCH Educator Gift Box. If you don't have a particular teacher in mind, we'll match your $50+ donation to a teacher requesting a box.
No matter where you are, you can encourage children to Love Your Lunch with these free resources from AAPI Montclair!
"Bento box lunch, in improvised bento box" by Kake . is licensed under CC BY-NC-SA 2.0.
These books feature characters who overcome lunch-shaming and encourage appreciation of diverse foods.
by Karen Chan
Love Your Lunch is cooked up by AAPI Montclair, a 501(c)3 nonprofit dedicated to uplifting New Jersey’s Asian American and Pacific Islander community.
Header image credits: "Thali - indian lunch (Amritsar, India)" by Sasha India. "Train Lunch: Bento Box" by Mirka23. "Kimbap2 [Korean sushi]" by KFoodaddict. "Adobo Bento" by I Love Egg. All images licensed under CC BY 2.0.