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Small Kitchen College: What’s in Your Brown Bag?

Packing a brown bag lunch isn’t just something you did in second grade anymore — but now, it’s not your mother who’ll be bagging those apply slices. 

Starting Monday, Small Kitchen College, started by Big Girls, Small Kitchen, is hosting the Brown Bag Challenge as a way to encourage collegiettes™ all over the nation to pack their own lunches.

“We at Big Girls, Small Kitchen are big believers in the benefits of bringing your lunch with you to work, and we want to motivate the college set — post-grads starting first jobs, and undergrads doing summer internships — to get in the habit early,” Phoebe Lapine and Cara Eisenpress, who make up the Small Kitchen College team, explain.

On their website, Phoebe and Cara say they encourage young people to cook because it’s “fun, healthy, satisfying, creative, and budget-friendly.” Whether you’ve got an unpaid internship or are just another collegiette™ on a student budget, the words “healthy” and “budget-friendly” in one sentence is a change we can welcome.

Next week, beginning July 11, Small Kitchen College’s Brown Bag Challenge will encourage collegiettes™ to pack their own lunches through a series of challenges. The week-long event begins with a BuiltNY giveaway. To participate, post pictures of your brown bag lunches (whether they’re classic PB&Js or homemade gourmet meals!) on Small Kitchen College’s Facebook page or tweet them to @BGSKCollege. You could win items such as Gourmet Getaway Lunch Totes, a Water Bottle Tote, a Six Pack Tote, a Market Tote, a Spicy Relish Lunch tote, or a Wine Bottle Tote. 

For those of you who aren’t so sure what to pack in a healthy brown bag lunch, join Small Kitchen College’s live Twitter chat with The Daily Meal on Wednesday, July 13 from 12 pm to 1 pm — tune in with hash tag #brownbag to get your questions answered!

What’s in your brown bag lunch, collegiettes™?

Alice is the Senior Associate Editor at Her Campus. She graduated from Emory University in 2012 as an English major and a Dance minor. Before joining Her Campus, she was an associate editor at Lucky Magazine. She is currently located in Salt Lake City, UT, where she spends her free time rescuing orphaned kittens, whose lives are documented on Instagram at @thekittensquad! You can find her on Twitter and Instagram at @alicefchen.
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