Cup & Cook Kyle Bay launches school lunchboxes for time-poor parents

Lunch on the go: Cup & Cook Kyle Bay co-owners Matthew Oxenham and Charles Dimarco, who is also the chef, with Francesca Maiolo and Elise Bosco, both 5. Picture: Chris Lane
Lunch on the go: Cup & Cook Kyle Bay co-owners Matthew Oxenham and Charles Dimarco, who is also the chef, with Francesca Maiolo and Elise Bosco, both 5. Picture: Chris Lane

A family business at Kyle Bay has launched a project that aims to help the busy mums and dads of St George make school drop-off a little easier.

Cup & Cook Kyle Bay has introduced 'little lunch boxes'  - pre-packed cardboard containers that eliminate the need to make a child's school lunch for the day.

The cafe is owned by two couples, Beverly Park's Matthew and Jansci Oxenham, and Oatley's Charles and Bianca Dimarco.

With young families of their own - five kids under 10 years of age between them - they saw a gap in the market.

"Families are juggling so many things. We know how crazy the morning rush is to get out-the-door for school, sometimes with multiple drop-offs to daycare and school," Mrs Dimarco said.

"We understand that families are stretched for time, especially with both parents working. So we felt it would be great for busy parents to have the option have some simple, healthy lunchbox options for their children. It's one less thing to worry about."

The full boxes contain a sandwich, yoghurt pouch, fruit salad, and a juice or water, and costs $9.50, but it can be custom-ordered to exclude items.

Grab and go: Lunch on the run.

Grab and go: Lunch on the run.

They can be ordered through the Hey You App, and are picked up at the cafe before the bell rings.

Early signs on social media show strong interest from customers, the owners said.

"The feedback has been outstanding," Mr Oxenahm said.

"On launch day last week, our orders started coming through at about 7.30am, indicating this would be a hit. We sold about five then, and six the next day. We do get some requests for crusts to be cut off."

All made on-site, the lunchboxes aim is to promote healthy eating in biodegradable packaging. There is also a 'no nuts' policy, much like in schools, and the plan is to expand into offering gluten free.

"We're not trying to take over anyone's job - it's just another option," Mrs Dimarco said. "Some schools don't even have enough volunteers to have a canteen running, and this is  such a small community here in Kyle Bay, Connells Point and Blakehurst, we want to help our busy families."

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