And the countdown begins: The first day of school is right around the corner. As you tick the boxes on books, registration, new clothes and school supplies, who wants to worry about what to send with the kids for lunch?

Like the famous detective once said, “It’s elementary.” Just visit your local Strack & Van Til Food Market for best-in-class midday meal options, quick breakfast ideas and simple snacks that will earn an A+ with the lunch bunch and make your life a lot easier.

For sandwiches that make the grade, start with lunch meats and cheeses sliced the way you like them in the Deli Department or pick up convenient Grab-and-Go packaged varieties.

“We’ll slice your favorite meats or cheeses — thick, thin or shaved — at our deli service counter, so all you have to focus on is making the perfect sandwich,” says Deli Director Kristin Snow. “We’ve got all the popular sandwich fixings, like ham and Swiss, turkey and Colby Jack or bologna and American cheese or mix up the flavor with specialty meats and cheeses.”

Give lunch a lift with spicy Cubano smoked ham, cherrywood smoked ham, herb and garlic chicken breast, peppered turkey and more. Pair them with King’s Hawaiian sandwich breads or an assortment of pita bread or wraps for a sandwich so delicious you’ll never have to worry about your child trading it away. The Strack & Van Til Deli even offers Atoria brand cauliflower coconut wraps for the carb conscious.

Busy schedule? Save time with Deli Department premade sandwiches. “Choose from a kid-friendly selection of box lunches, which include two King’s Hawaiian mini sandwiches made with ham or turkey, a bag of individual chips with a dessert snack and a juice box in a clever lunchbox for only$4.79,” notes Snow. “Many adults also love this no-hassle and all-inclusive lunch.”

Try a $6 store-made sub on freshly delivered Turano rolls in Italian, ham or turkey varieties or a half sub for only $3.50. Complete the sandwich with snacking cheeses such as Mini Babybel, Laughing Cow wedges or BelGioioso. There are also deli string cheeses, cheese curds and cheese crisps. Add a Van Holten’s Pickle or an Oh Snap! Pickle, carrots, cool beans or pickled peas and you’ve got the ideal meal.

Still need meal ideas? Strack & Van Til Sales Manager Mike Nisevich recommends you check the aisles for ready-to-eat breakfast and healthy snack options, plus quick heat-and-eat meal solutions. “We work from dawn to dusk to make going back to class easier,” he says.

Back to school also means it’s time to think about Box Tops for Education. Center Store Director Tom Steliga says Strack & Van Til is featuring a bonus Box Tops promotion through Aug. 29.

“Buy five participating items in one transaction and earn 50 bonus Box Tops,” says Steliga. “Purchasing participating Box Tops items helps provide funds for supplies for students and teachers.”

In fact, the new Box Tops app, available in the App Store or Google Play Store, makes it easier than ever to earn cash for your school. “Gone are the days of clipping, collecting and sending physical Box Tops to school, thanks to the app,” says Steliga. “Just buy and scan and your school will benefit.”

Simply purchase your favorite products marked with the new Box Tops label. Use the mobile app to scan your receipt, and the Box Tops app automatically finds qualifying products on your receipt. Box Tops are instantly identified and credited to your school’s earnings online. For more information on this week’s Box Tops promotion, see the Strack & Van Til weekly ad at To learn more about the Box Tops apps, visit

Do your homework and be prepared for back to school with lunchtime options and a special Box Top bonus at your local Strack & Van Til store.