National Pack Your Lunch Day - March 10


National Pack Your Lunch Day is observed by many people across the country on March 10th of each year.   It is a day to pack your own lunch and take it with you to work, school, on a picnic, to your friend’s house or wherever you are spending the day and enjoy what you have made and packed yourself.

Packing your lunch has benefits you may not expect.  It can help you make healthier meal choices.  Instead of choosing fast food or something from the vending machine at work, you have a chance to plan ahead to add a fruit or vegetable that might not be available on those other menus.

By packing your lunch, you also save money.  Depending on the menu item, you can save several dollars by packing a lunch instead of ordering off a take-out menu.

  • Mickey Mouse was the first licensed character to appear on a lunchbox in 1935.
  • The 1950 Hopalong Cassidy lunchbox was the first lunchbox based on a television show.


Bring a packed lunch to work, school or a friend’s house and use #PackYourLunchDay to post on social media.


Our research was unable to find the creator or origin of National Pack Your Lunch Day.  We did find that this day is also celebrated by some on other days throughout the year.  

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