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Start the Semester with a Food Care Package

Aug 15, 2023 9:00:00 AM


If you’ve ever been away at summer camp or college — or even just away from home for a while, you know the feeling — the one you get when you receive a surprise package in the mail and rip it open to find great gifts tucked inside by your loved ones. Whether it’s food, trinkets from home or comfort items, it’s enough to make your day, if not your entire week. You might also find  someone took the time to write a note, which means even more.


Snack Magic Boxes Bring the Magic to the Midshipmen

At the U.S. Naval Academy, food care packages with snacks, beverages, and even household items are a cause for celebration every time. These Snack Magic Boxes offer a carefully curated menu of snacks, drinks, pantry items, and more from a number of small-batch companies. Especially in the early months when the plebes and the rest of the Brigade are settling into the routines of Naval Academy life and kicking off a new semester, the arrival of a box of goodies is always exciting. 

How It Works

We make it easy to design customized boxes for your midshipman. With Snack Magic Boxes, you can choose from a variety of themed boxes to match any occasion, whether that means powering them through exams or celebrating something special — and you can ensure all dietary restrictions are honored. Popular boxes for the fall semester include:

  • First Day of Class: August 17th
  • First Week Done!: August 24th
  • Just Because: August 28th
  • First Month Done!: September 17th
  • Boo! Halloween: October 31st
  • Veterans Day: November 11th
  • And Many More

You can also set a custom gift date to get there just at the right time. If your midshipman is homesick, recently completed an important milestone or you just want to say “hi,” you can send the care package when it’s convenient for you.

Snack Magic Boxes provides boxes for a number of different schools’ college care packages. They select their gifts from 2,000-plus options, with a focus on the following types of snacks and sips:

  • Allergy conscious
  • Healthy
  • Concentration boosts
  • Energizing
  • Vegan
  • Sugar free
  • And more!

From Vegan Rob’s Dragon Puffs, to Sow Good What’s Apple’n freeze dried apples, to Amani cold brew, to Yes Strawberry Coconut bar and more — there is a seemingly endless variety of unique snack ideas that are sure to cure any sweet or salty cravings.

You can choose an option with no dietary restrictions, or you can select specific dietary restrictions, which include: 

  • Nut Free
  • Vegetarian
  • Kosher
  • Vegan 
  • Gluten-Free
  • Dairy-Free
  • Keto/Paleo

Maybe even more importantly, you’ll have the opportunity to include a note of encouragement, along with an image that you’d like (don’t forget your pup!). 

Related: What Feeds America’s Midshipmen?

Make Their Day

Care packages for college students are $45 each, and they deliver a priceless amount of smiles. Check them out here and send your favorite midshipman a box of care today! Whether you send a snack magic box, or shop at Navyonline.com, the USNA Gift Shop or USNA Midshipmen Store you’re supporting your midshipman twice — first with a gift and second because all proceeds from just these three stores go to the Brigade of Midshipmen. The Naval Academy Business Services Division supports the Brigade of Midshipmen by donating our profits from our 20 business units that allow our mids to be successful, well-rounded future leaders. We support a variety of extracurricular activities such as cultural arts, theater, music, club sports, and a variety of other club activities. When you shop for the midshipmen here, you’re shopping FOR them too. Make a midshipman’s day today!

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Bill the Goat
Written by Bill the Goat

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