HC3S is the dish of the day - 30 years of serving up high quality, award winning food

Hampshire County Council’s Catering Service, HC3S, is celebrating three decades of preparing nutritious, award-winning meals to thousands of schoolchildren in the county and beyond

Jul 9 2019

The County Council’s Executive Member for Economic Development, Human Resources and Performance, Councillor Stephen Reid, said: “HC3S’s three decades in the catering sector have seen us forge strong relationships with many Hampshire producers and suppliers, sourcing the freshest and most nutritious ingredients, in season, for the many school children we serve, and the people who dine at our visitor attractions.

“These achievements have been recognised with numerous award wins from industry organisations, acknowledging HC3S’s established, and still growing, base of customers. They know that they are eating high quality, good value meals made from sustainable ingredients every day.”

HC3S’s 1,800 staff cater to schools, country parks, libraries and visitor attractions such as Calshot Activities Centre - serving 75,000 meals across more than 500 sites each day.

HC3S has proudly been at the forefront of food development, devising menus for everyone to enjoy, including those with intolerances and allergies. In 2005, HC3S introduced the first gluten-free fishcake onto the UK school menu, with it being produced by William Hobson Ltd.

Three years later in 2008, Hampshire County Council became the first local authority to achieve the Good Egg Award from Compassion in World Farming, recognising its food sourcing achievements.

Councillor Reid added: “My congratulations go to HC3S staff, past and present, who have contributed to this success, and helped the service stand out for innovation and quality. Here’s to the next 30 years.”

Awards received by HC3S in 2019 include:

  • A Food For Life Served Here (Bronze) Award from the Soil Association in recognition of their use of fresh, locally sourced ingredients to produce nutritious food.
  • The Hyperactive Children’s Support Group’s (HACSG) highest award for excellence for developing recipes and producing primary school meals which avoid artificial ingredients, and for working with schools, partner organisations and families to adopt this way of thinking. 
  • HC3S also holds the Good Egg, Good Chicken and Good Pig awards from Compassion in World Farming.

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