Lunch Lady Group Inc, The

The Lunch Lady is a proud Canadian company with over 25 years experience providing hot, healthy lunches to schools! We have now extended our lunch service to daycares, summer camps, workplaces and senior centres. Our unique franchise model offers a meaningful and fun career, community involvement, personal and financial achievement and a flexible work schedule. Lunch Lady franchise partners promote healthy food and enjoy the benefits of an attractive work-life balance.

Franchise Fee :
Start-Up Capital Required :
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Franchise Units :
Canada: 36
In Business Since :
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Training :
2 weeks
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Award Winning Franchise :
2019 Franchisees' Choice


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The Lunch Lady is a fun, unique and meaningful business concept. We prepare and deliver healthy and delicious meals to children at their schools – a dedicated, trusted and fun service, all wrapped into one! Our franchise partners have expanded our hot lunch service in five provinces and serve 140 + local communities. Our system is a proven business model that WORKS.

The Franchise Offering

  • Fun working with kids, parents and the School community
  • Flexible hours and an attractive work-life balance
  • Additional income possibilities providing food service to other special interest groups (child care and elder care centres, camps, workplaces).
  • Growing trend in market place
  • A proven tried and true system founded over 25 years ago

A Lunch Lady Franchise is ideal for someone who has management experience, loves working with kids and parents, has wonderful interpersonal and communication skills and enjoys community involvement. All our Lunch Ladies (and Guys) operate in a commercial kitchen, creating a fun and friendly workplace!

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Who is The Lunch Lady?
Founded by Ruthie Burd in 1993, the Lunch Lady is a Canadian company, providing fresh and healthy lunches to 140 + local communities. Our mission is to prepare and deliver healthy and nutritious meals to school children and encourage healthier attitudes towards food. We believe that schools educate by the choices they offer and our goal is to make it easier for schools to offer healthier choices. In addition, to schools, we also service many child care centres, summer camps, workplaces and elder care centres.

There are no cafeterias in most elementary schools in Canada. When the Lunch Lady delivers to their child’s school, parents get a welcome break. Our lunches are portion controlled, tasty, good for you, fun, and reasonably priced. We also provide a fully supported allergy management and meal modification program for students with particular food-related issues. We strive to make our program inclusive so no child is left out.

We customize our service to what the school wants. For our full-service program there is no extra work for the schools and we offer monthly contributions aiding them in their fundraising efforts. Special Spirit Day and event lunches provide extra value to the schools and added revenue for the franchise owner.

We are the largest provider of this service in Canada, serving thousands of children every school day and we are the only franchised system of this kind.

The Lunch Lady is making a difference in the lives of children and parents by providing both a valuable and affordable service.

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Contact Us!
There are many communities across Canada where we want to expand The Lunch Lady. Please complete the Request Information Form so that we can contact you to share more about this unique and meaningful franchise opportunity!


The Lunch Lady values the skills and dedication to teamwork our hard working Canadian military service personnel have acquired. We believe our veterans would be a great fit for our franchise partner network, and valuable contributors to their school communities. Looking for a way to become a business owner yet still have quality time with your family? The Lunch Lady, Canada’s largest and most reliable school lunch provider, gives you the unique opportunity to be your own boss, work around your family's schedule and make a difference in the community. How great is that! The Lunch Lady advantage: Proven business model: Founded over 20 years ago, operating in 50 franchised territories in four provinces and over 1,300 schools. Flexible schedule: Flexible working schedule Fun: Working with kids, parents and the School Community. Meaningful service: Promoting healthy food choices for Canadian families while providing a valuable service Low Cost: Initial investment $100,000 – $125,000 / Small Community Model $28,000 - $44,000 Our Offer to Canadian Veterans We want to thank you for the good work you do and encourage you to join our franchise. Our special offer to show our support is one year free royalties and a $5,000 discount on our initial franchise fee! Our franchise success depends on hands-on operators who are committed to service excellence and can effectively lead a hardworking team of kitchen workers to serve school communities all across our great Nation.

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