Recently more than 300 physicians wrote an urgent letter to President Obama saying, "Too often, foods served in cash-strapped lunchrooms are high in fat, cholesterol, and calories." The letter concluded with "Plant-based foods, farm to school programs, and fresh fruit and vegetables are not luxuries; they are necessities." We couldn't agree more. Until our school system is changed to include plant-based menus, full of fresh fruits and veggies, whole grains and healthy fats, sending a parent-packed lunch to school is the best way to ensure what kid's eat for lunch is good for my them and the planet. But do you know what your child really needs for nutrition and to keep them going until the last bell rings? Read on to find out the six essentials you should pack in every lunch box and find fun and easy ways to do it.