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The Lunch Lady
The Lunch Lady
Opportunity details
Type Franchise
Cash Required $50,000
Total Investment $80,000 to $125,000
Total Units (Worldwide)
Total Units (Canada) 36
Total Units (Quebec)
Year Founded 1993

The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady

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!

We are a proud Canadian brand. 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
  • Operational and marketing support to set you up for SUCCESS!


Profile of a Lunch Lady Franchise Partner

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!


A Lunch Lady franchise requires approximately $50,000 readily available to support the business.

Initial franchise fee: $25,000 + HST
Commercial kitchen set-up: $50,000 - $125,000
Royalties: 8% of Total Gross Sales
Marketing fund: 1% of Total Gross Sales

How it All Began

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.

Continued Growth Across Canada

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!