AUSTIN, Texas (Aug. 19, 2019) – Getting back to a routine following a carefree summer can be daunting, especially when it comes to creating satisfying meals with high quality ingredients. As parents and non-parents alike feel more pressure around meal planning and prep – whether it’s mapping out delicious school lunches or pulling together an easy meal for the office – Whole Foods Market is here to support shoppers as they get organized and back on track after the structure-free fun of summer.

“We know fall is a time for kick-starting structured routines and, with more than 10.4 million posts tagging #MealPrep on Instagram, advanced planning and thoughtful preparation are top of mind for consumers across the country,” said Whole Foods Market culinary expert Allison Thomas. “For stress-free meal prep this fall, shoppers will find everything they need at Whole Foods Market for inspired and easy lunch-packing – from 365 by Whole Foods Market staples like mini sandwich crackers and deli meats to fresh produce like tomatoes and grapes.”

In addition, to help consumers embrace better routines and rescue them from boring desk lunches, Whole Foods Market will host Level Up Your Lunch events in select cities across the country on Saturday, August 24. The first 200 shoppers to line up at select Whole Foods Market stores can receive a complimentary, limited-edition Whole Foods Market bento box, designed in collaboration with local Austin artist Will Bryant. Each box contains a $10 Whole Foods Market savings card, as well as a recipe card with tips and tricks for making creative, healthy lunches. Visit for more details.

Store locations for the Whole Foods Market Level Up Your Lunch events include:

  • Los Angeles – Downtown LA: 788 S. Grand Ave.
  • New York City – Tribeca: 270 Greenwich St.
  • Austin – Domain: 11920 Domain Drive
  • Miami – Davie: 1903 S. University Drive
  • Seattle – Kirkland: 12501 120th Ave. NE
  • Atlanta – Midtown Atlanta: 22 14th St. NW
  • Philadelphia – Center City: 2101 Pennsylvania Ave.
  • Boston – South End: 348 Harrison Ave.

Consumers can visit one of these stores 8 a.m. to 9 a.m. local time to participate, while supplies last.

Following the Level Up Your Lunch in-store events, consumers across the country will have an additional chance to win the limited-edition Whole Foods Market bento box by following @wholefoods on Instagram. Followers can enter for a chance to win one of 50 bento boxes Monday, August 26 to Sunday, September 1 by responding to a prompt that will be posted on the @wholefoods Instagram channel. Winners will be announced on Monday, September 9. Refer to the @wholefoods Instagram post on Monday, August 26 for sweepstakes rules and details.