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A visit from the lunch fairy

If you’re a parent of school-age kids, you’ve perhaps had a fantasy, sometime around 10 p.m., that a magical meal fairy might appear in your kitchen bearing the next day’s packed lunch. Lisa Farrell is available for the role. With her new venture, Red Apple Lunch, subscribers can choose from a menu that runs from basic sandwiches (on Iggy’s bread) through slightly less standard fare, like chopped salads or blueberry pancakes. Lunches ($6-$10) are delivered each school night, up to four evenings a week, for consumption the next day. Farrell, a mother of two who previously worked on Wall Street, piloted the program last spring and is now up and running in 10 local communities: Arlington, Belmont, Boston, Brookline, Cambridge, Lexington, Newton, Somerville, Wellesley, and Winchester. For every lunch sold, Farrell donates a healthy snack pack to a needy child through Bread of Life in Malden. Not all parents want or need to outsource making their kids’ lunches. But plenty are pretty delighted by the prospect, Farrell says. “Their eyes pop open, their jaws drop, and they say, ‘Where have you been all my life?’ ” For more information or to order, go to JANE DORNBUSCH

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