This Month, Organise A Lunch Swap At Work


Tasty, nourishing, work lunches are key for getting you through the workday, and Epicurious has a great idea for getting five a week. It’s called a “lunch swap” and it will change your midday meal.

Photo by Shari’s Berries.

The concept, which is similar to the “family meal” eaten by restaurant staff before service, is pretty simple. Just gather some of your favourite co-workers and make food for each other. You can do it two ways: everyday potluck style with rotating entree and side dish responsibilities, or have one person make lunch for the entire group once a week.

Yes, making five lunches is technically more work than making one, but I actually prefer making a big batch of something and sharing it than making a big batch of something and eating it alone at my desk for five days in a row. Also, that means you only have to worry about packing lunch once a week, which is truly freeing.

Check out the link below for recipe and theme ideas, but the key to keeping it nice and chill is not trying to get too elaborate. I can think of few things better than a communal lunch of some nice bread with cheeses, meats and accouterments, and I bet your coworkers wouldn't mind it either.

How a Lunch Swap Can Change Your Life [Epicurious]

This story has been updated since its original publication.


  • Kind of sounds like a quick way to get fat. Also what if someone calls in sick? Then everyone has to buy takeaway.

  • I’ve seen what other people bring in to my office…. I’ll stick to cooking for myself!

  • We do this at work. Every Monday during winter was Soup day, but we rostered two on each week. So if someone was sick we would at least have something. I think once or twice we have had someone forget but they either bought something or if sick the coordinator would swap her day.
    For summer they switched to salad – I didn’t join but it’s been pretty good for those that did… (Salad isn’t my thing… although some of them looked OK I’m just not that into Salad!) I will rejoin for Soup next Autumn!

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