As of 1 August 2014, Sydney parents have one less thing to worry about when getting the kids out the door on a school morning, thanks to Animal Box. Launching in August, the new service delivers fresh healthy lunch boxes to your door.
Animal Box is the brainchild of Sydney-siders Christine Morrison and Stephen Sue, whose research revealed that many kids’ nutritional requirements were not nearly being satisfactorily met whilst at school.
The NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey 2010 found that by age of six, one in six children are overweight or obese. The same study found children who are obese have a 25% to 50% chance of maintaining obesity into adulthood, increasing the risk of chronic diseases, including type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease and fatty liver disease.*
Parents were found to play a crucial role in the development of children’s food preferences and food intake, impacting a child’s weight in adult life.* Research has also shown a healthy diet at childhood can help protect against unhealthy weight gain, obesity, dental decay and some diseases later in life.*
“With the average Australian working close to full-time,** it’s not surprising that many parents don’t have the time to prepare healthy lunches everyday. Animal Box fills the demand for fresh, nutritious dense food that’s delivered to your door, saving you a lot of time shopping for and preparing daily lunches,” says Christine, Co-Founder of Animal Box.
The report found that school kids were consuming a high frequency of energy-dense, nutrient poor foods accompanied by sugar-sweetened drinks, indicating generally poor food behaviours.*
“We developed Animal Box due to a sincere passion to improve the nutrition of Aussie kids. We work with nutritionists ensuring our lunches (which contain two snacks, one main meal, one healthy sweet treat and one drink), are packed with only fresh local produce, full of the necessary vitamins for your child’s proper development,” says Stephen, Co-Founder of Animal Box.
“We also want kids to enjoy eating their lunch! From creative packaging, to fresh bright, colourful, crunchy ingredients, our goal is to make Animal Box an enjoyable eating experience,” says Christine.
Animal Box – Key Facts:
Produce – Animal Box sources and uses only the freshest in-season produce available from local growers and farmers, ensuring best quality and value for money.
Nutrition – Animal Box employs a nutritionist and an in-house chef ensuring food is fresh, simple, healthy and enjoyable to eat.
Value for Money – Lunches are designed to be affordable and comparable to school canteens, but healthier!
Recyclable Packaging – Packaging is made from recycled products where possible, and is recyclable after use.
How Animal Box Works – Lunch boxes are delivered fresh to your home twice a week – Sundays and Wednesdays between 7pm and 11pm (packed in eskies and dropped at the door). Simply register and order online at www.animalbox.com.au, place your order and a fresh healthy packed lunch will be delivered to your home.
The Lunch Box – Each lunch box contains two snacks (you choose from a range of sweet and savory options), one main meal (meat, vegetarian or gluten free*), one drink (nudie kids juice) and a piece of fruit. Main items and snacks come in sealed containers with everything packaged in a wax lined lunch bag.
Cost – Lunch boxes range from $13.
Sydney Delivery Destinations – Inner West, Eastern Suburbs and the Lower North Shore.
Click here to register and start ordering your lunch.
* NSW Schools Physical Activity and Nutrition Survey (SPANS) Short Report 2010