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

Food Labelling Changes and How it Affects You

On 1 October 2021 the requirements for labelling pre-packaged food for sale direct to customers, changed across the UK.

Our customers can have full confidence in HC3S’ ability to manage this change and protect the safety of our customers whether they are in a school or restaurant setting. To find out more about our responsibilities and how these requirements affect you, please read through our guide.

pre-packed sandwich

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Give your child the best start to their time at school and help them flourish with a nutritious school meal. Visit our school lunches hub to download our Year R new starter guide and learn all about the benefits of a school lunch.

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.

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



Are you ready to eat and defeat the veg?

From 28 February to 1 April 2022 we’re supporting the Eat Them To Defeat Them campaign again, which aims to get more children eating vegetables and change children’s eating habits. Aimed at reception aged children through to Key Stage 2, it runs for five weeks focusing on a family favourite vegetable each week. In 2021 we reached 41,794 pupils across 145 schools.

Over 87% of schools and families stated they enjoyed the campaign and families reported their children ate more veg as a result. 67% of pupils said they were more likely to eat veg with their school lunch, which also means less food waste!

While other national healthy eating campaigns haven’t worked Eat Them To Defeat Them is successful because it taps into how children think; they can squash the evil veg by having the power to eat them and so defeat them.

Visit our Eat Them To Defeat Them activity page for fun activities everyone can join in with, even if your child’s school isn’t signed up this year. And if they are, look out for the puzzle pack to take home, decorated dining halls and delicious tasting tables featuring veg of the week, new school quizzes, reward stickers and more.

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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.