HC3S, part of Hampshire County Council, is the in house catering provider and largest provider of school meals in Hampshire, supplying hot school lunches to 449 primary schools. Seasonal ingredients are sourced locally to produce quality meals to high standards. They hold the Good Egg, Good Chicken and Good Pig awards from compassion in world farming.
HC3S provide nutritionally balanced meals of high quality, freshly prepared everyday with a choice of two hot dishes. A range of desserts that include yoghurt, fruit, cheese and biscuits and fruit juice plus daily salad and additional bread are provided daily. The HC3S primary menu and kitchens are completely nut free.
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Meals rotate on a three-week basis and changes every Easter and October half-term. Children can choose which meal they would like on the day and can switch between cooked meals and their own packed lunches.
For photos of each meal, visit the HC3S website: Menu for Primary Schools
Throughout the year there will also be 'Theme Days' advertised to celebrate an occasion or link in with topical subjects such as Christmas Lunch, 'Best of British', 'Europe Week' etc..
For Key Stage 2 children (Years 3 - 6), meals are priced at £2.50.
Payments can be made online (SCOPAY), or with cash/cheques to the school office.
Payment is not required upfront, but we ask that parents pay their child's dinner fees in a timely manner. Reminder texts will be sent out regularly to notify parents of their outstanding balances.
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, HC3S will be able to review your medical evidence with their 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, HC3S want to make this as easy as possible for you as a family. Their staff are trained in food safety and regularly update their skills on allergens. They never underestimate the dangers of food allergies and intolerances and that's why they work hard to get it right.
More details can be found here: Special diets | Hampshire County Council (hants.gov.uk)
Free School Meals
Eligibility for free school meals depends on the circumstances of the parents or carers. Parents of children who meet the standard free meal criteria are encouraged to register, this includes parents of children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 who would otherwise be entitled to the Universal School Meals.
To check your eligibility and apply online, follow the link below to complete an application form:
Schools get government funding for all children who meet the standard free meal criteria. This funding is called Pupil Premium.
Universal School Meals
All children in Reception, Year 1 and Year 2 are entitled to a meal, free of charge, under the UIFSM programme: