Hampshire County Council Catering Services

Hampshire County Council Catering Services (HC3S)

Catering services for schools, venues, workplaces and attractions - serving 67,800 meals across 496 sites each day

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Will you pledge to #SayYesToSuccess and make the most of your child’s lunch with a nutritious school meal?

We believe school lunch is a fantastic way for children to share the experience of trying new foods. Knowing that your child is having a healthy, delicious meal every day is one less thing for you to worry about.

Make your pledge and find out more about our award winning catering service from our Operations Manager.

Food to Flourish

Our nutritious school lunch helps children flourish by giving them the right balance of nutrients and energy to enhance concentration during afternoon lessons, in assembly or on the sports field. It contributes to building lifelong healthy eating habits that will allow them to flourish as their minds and bodies grow.

Our Food to Flourish Classroom is a suite of curriculum-based free teaching resources for our schools to use to engage pupils with healthy food.

Food to Flourish Classroom



We’re Brexit ready

As the Brexit Transition edges closer we want to reassure our schools and parents that we are continuing to work closely with our suppliers on Brexit preparations to ensure there is as little disruption to your catering service as possible. We are putting robust and comprehensive plans in place to support our customers and overcome any challenges for when we leave the EU.

See how HC3S and our suppliers are prepared

We proudly purchase a large amount of British produce including meat, cheese, flour and eggs, with 70% of our top 50 items purchased in our basket of goods all being British. As you would expect, our fish is sourced from outside the EU. We have arrangements in place to ensure continuity of service, such as moving to a frozen product or purchasing from outside of the EU.

Our greengrocers have been sourcing UK produce to replace any products which may be difficult to source. As we already source the majority of our fresh produce from within the UK, we expect little disruption to the supply chain. The products we are unable to source from within the UK have either been replaced with an alternative or we have worked with suppliers to establish new import routes via different ports. Most of our suppliers have committed to fix pricing for at least the first three months of 2021.

Our largest supplier, Bidfood, has also recently completed a large new warehouse development in Salisbury, creating more storage space for our regular items so the amount of shipments can be managed more sustainably. Suppliers in their supply chain are also building and holding additional levels of stock, which extends the overall stock cover and gives confidence maintaining continuity of supply. Bidfood has been reviewing potential alternative sources of supply, with particular focus on UK products.

In addition, HC3S have been working on an ongoing project to move to more British sourced produce.

We have contingency plans in place to ensure that schools see minimal disruption. Therefore, if there is cause to make slight changes to the menu, we can assure you that all avenues have been explored to minimise this.

From farm to fork, we care about everything we do

More about our food

Top of the class, and served in your school

HC3S is the catering partner chosen to provide nutritious and tasty meals in your child's school or nursery. We cater for many different tastes, serving a mix of British classics and foods from around the world. We know that a nutritious lunch full of fresh ingredients will help your child to succeed.

Our teams are passionate about making healthy eating fun. Year group assemblies, visits with suppliers and our ever-popular theme days are just a few of the ways that we can get involved.

Education catering

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Catering in Hampshire

Our coffee shops are part of the local community. We've created relaxed spaces where you enjoy curling up with a good book or meeting friends for sandwiches and cake. All our coffee shops double as the perfect venue for business meetings.

We can also provide catering for events and meetings. We offer everything from fresh salads, wraps and sandwiches to pastries. With a variety of fresh and ethically sourced drinks including locally roasted Mozzo coffee and award-winning Birchall tea, you'll find a welcome with us.

Find out more about our catering services

Work with us

  • Every day brings a new challenge. The work is varied, fast paced and customer centred
  • Gain invaluable knowledge by educating the next generation on the importance of a healthy balanced diet
  • Work as part of a committed and enthusiastic team
  • Develop your skills, receive training in Food Safety, Allergens, Health and Safety, Manual Handling and further developmental training if you are interested (e.g. NVQs)
  • Great work life balance as lots of our roles are term time only

Learn more about our roles, and apply

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But don't just take our word for it

Our multi-award winning service excels time and again. With a track-record like this, you can trust every bite.