August 2-8, 2021

Event Recap

About the Event

Our much anticipated year two of Beyond the Lunchbox did not disappoint! With standout sessions, amazing sponsors, and crazy good giveaways, this year will be tough to beat.

Each August, KIWI brings our audience a week of sessions covering sustainability, nutrition, wellness, and kid’s lunch, just in time for the back-to-school season. With topics ranging from clean skincare to the pervasive nature of microplastics, there was one common theme in many of the sessions: the urgent need to protect our environment.

Whether it be through our purchasing power or getting out into the community to make positive change, our actions can better the planet.

Speaker Highlights

Session Highlights

Speakers: Julie Andersen, Charles Rolsky
How the Plastic Pollution Crisis Harms Us and What We Can Do to Help

Our global plastic consumption not only negatively affects our delicate ecosystem but also our own human health. The good news is, we can make a difference with our personal choices as consumers. Join this crucial conversation with Plastic Oceans founder and director of science as they discuss the many ways our overdependence on plastic harms our world. You’ll also learn the necessary steps you can take to lessen the burden on our planet.

Speakers: Janel Funk
Raising a Healthy Eater: Tips and Tricks For Toddlers and Kids

Healthy eating is paramount to our kid’s overall health but it can be downright challenging to get little ones to eat nutritious foods sometimes. In this session, Janel Funk will share valuable tips and tricks to help you raise healthy eaters. You’ll learn how to make mealtime smoother, what strategies to avoid, unique ways to get kids involved in the feeding process, and so much more. 

Speakers: Jaclyn Bowen
Beyond the Label: Why Sometimes What’s NOT on a Product Label Just Might Be What’s Most Important

Over the past several years, there has been a proliferation of on-package label claims, like “Certified Organic”, “Non-GMO Project”, and “Gluten-free” to help you make the best choices for your family. But what about the things you can’t find on labels that may be harming your family’s health, like heavy metals, glyphosate, BPA, and beyond? In Jaclyn’s talk, you’ll learn the science behind these contaminants and what you can do to protect your family and become a more informed consumer.

Speaker: Daryaneh Badaly
Navigating the Back-to-School Transition

With many kids heading back into the classroom after a year of hybrid or virtual learning, you may be concerned with how your child will handle the transition. In this timely session, Dr. Badaly will offer important guidance to help your family navigate your new routine. She’ll also speak with KIWI’s Chrissy Kissinger in a Q and A session to answer common questions and concerns parents may have during this unprecedented time. 

What Parents Thought About Beyond the Lunchbox

Deborah Z.

“I loved the topics. All of them were topics that most moms or parents would be interested in for their own lives and family. It was super helpful to hear advice and suggestions from experts but also learn about brands and talk with other moms.”

Rhiannon G

“Loved all the super relevant information you don’t see every day. Thank you for opening my eyes to so many things I didn’t know about. I look forward to the next one.”

Rachael Pendleton

“There were a wide variety of speakers. I loved that we were able to hear from agricultural experts/farmers and even adolescents. It was really well thought out as far as who was speaking. Thanks again for a great experience!”


“Loved all the super relevant information you don’t see every day. Thank you for opening my eyes to so many things I didn’t know about. I look forward to the next one.”

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