#OliveSavvy: Changing Lunch One ‘Pak’ at a Time - Pak’d
It’s back to school time, ladies and gentlemen! Cue the audible groans from kids across the nation. But while students yearn for the summer sun as they sling their backpacks over their shoulders, it’s go time for the unsung heros of education: moms. Yes, it’s the busiest time of year for Mom. Back to school supply shopping, clothes shopping, and most of all the start of day-to-day lunch packing.
There has to be a way to lighten the load because even superheroes can’t always do it all. Fortunately, Pak’d, a startup founded by Kara O’Dempsey, Rebecca Sholiton and Nate Cooper allows parents to order healthy, pre-made lunches that are delivered right to customers’ doorsteps. Users can choose from delicious pre-made “Paks” or even customize their own. And best of all, the ingredients they offer are genuinely healthy and nutritious with selections that include Chicken Caprese, Veggie Club, and Gluten-Free “Wafflewich.”
According to their website, O’Dempsey created Pak’d out of her personal experiences with her girls.
“I wanted to raise [my girls] knowing how to make healthy food decisions, but as a working Mom, I didn’t have the time (or energy) to put fresh, homemade food on the table. Instead, I was turning to convenient foods that were often overly processed and unhealthy. I knew I had to make a change for my girls, myself, and other families who might need a helping hand.”
Every Pak has all the nutrition information needed on the website: calorie count and grams of fat, sugar, and sodium. Each premade Pak only costs $6.50, and the custom Paks cost the same amount for a main dish and up to three sides.
Providing portable lunch for children 180 days out of the year is an exhausting task that is required of every parent. There are alternative options, but they normally do not meet the health requirements that are so important for growing kids. Pak’d seamlessly puts “eating healthy” and “convenient” in the same sentence, which is not an easy task.
In addition to its school lunch options, Pak’d can also be used by adults to prep lunches to take to work or throw in their gym bags. It’s a healthy, affordable way to “change lunch one pak at a time.”