Hampshire County Council Education Catering

Our school caterers are award-winning caterers, managed by Hampshire County Council Education Catering, formerly known as HC3S. Visit the pages on their website for their menus and other information. News | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)

With over 30 years of successful school catering experience, our ethos is to provide healthy, local, responsible sourced food that children love. Our tasty, freshly cooked, nutritious dishes help your children flourish and reach their potential. As part of a balanced diet, our lunches provide a third of a child’s daily calorie intake, to aid concentration levels and give them energy to focus and to play.

We know that providing award-winning meals isn’t enough and so at HCC Education Catering we go that step further, by helping schools and the wider community to encourage children, parents and carers to live healthy lifestyles and think sustainably.


That’s why our ‘Ready Steady Cook’ and Cook, Eat, Educate programmes are fun, engaging and available in your area. We also offer healthy eating sessions at school in collaboration with Public Health England. Our added value ‘Food to Flourish Classroom’ resources help teachers educate your children in an innovative, food related fashion that cuts across the curriculum.


Where opportunity arises, and in a Covid-safe environment, we bring live cooking and food related workshops to the classrooms. Sometimes, through partnerships with our suppliers and other local food organisations, this maybe outside of the classroom, creating sensory-filled memorable experiences.

Celebrate with us throughout the academic year as we support, VegPower’s Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign encouraging children to eat more vegetables, Nutrition and Hydration Week and National School Meals Week; key events in the food and drink calendar which are lots of fun.


Special Diet Application


Does your child need a medical special diet to eat lunch at school?

If so, you need to create an account to register your child for a medical special diet. Once you have created your account, we will be able to review your medical evidence with our NHS dietician in order to devise an adapted menu for your child's school lunch.
Living with allergies comes with its own set of rules so when it comes to food, as education caterers, we want to make this as easy as possible for you as a family.


Our staff are trained in food safety and regularly update their skills on allergens. We never underestimate the dangers of food allergies and intolerances and that is why we work hard to get it right. More details can be found Special diets | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)


Special Diet Portal Flyer for Parents

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Once the application has been completed and signed by a GP/Dietician, parents are required to take the form into the school admin office to scan over to HCC Education Catering office.   Separate medical evidence should not be sent in as this will not meet with our Data Protection policy.  

Want to know more about HCC Education Catering Services?

Click on this web link: www.hants.gov.uk/hc3s


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HCC Education Catering Spring/Summer Flyers

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