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Own your own business and make
a difference in your community

Meet The Lunch Lady

The Lunch Lady is all about feeding our communities. At the core of our business, we prepare and deliver nutritious and delicious meals to children at their schools. In addition, we also serve childcare centres, camps, families, seniors, and community outreach programs. Our franchise has grown across Canada, supported by an amazing network of franchise partners, who deliver our programs in over 150 local communities. Our success has been built on the dedication of our teams and a well-defined business model with a proven track record.

About Us

What Makes Our Franchise Different?

  • A flexible work schedule

  • Affordable franchise opportunity

  • Provide wholesome food in your community

  • Create rewarding employment opportunities

  • Franchisee feedback is a key ingredient in our growth and success

  • 100% Canadian owned and operated for over 25 years

  • Opportunities to engage with other franchisees and even have some fun

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Current Opportunities

We're actively seeking new franchisees in various markets.  If you believe this is the right fit for you, please contact us today.

Is The Lunch Lady Right For You?

  • Do you want to make a difference in your community?

  • Do you believe everyone should have access to affordable wholesome meals?

  • Are you prepared for a full-time commitment, but with the flexibility to work around your family schedule?

  • Do you want to be in business for yourself, but not by yourself?

  • Are you looking to be part of an experienced and trusted brand?

The Key Ingredients

  • You're a team player who likes working with people and is comfortable in a leadership role

  • You like to build relationships with members of the community

  • You recognize that customer satisfaction is the key to your success

  • You appreciate having a proven system to follow

  • You enjoy collaborating with others to develop best practices

Hear From Our Franchise Partners

Franchise Info

Franchise Info

We award the right individual the opportunity to enjoy a flexible lifestyle and a meaningful career. There is an initial franchise fee of $39.5k, and start up costs will depend on the location selected. We are happy to walk through possible scenarios with you. Best of all, no kitchen experience is needed, but is definitely helpful!  We will work with you to help build your Lunch Lady kitchen including operational and network training, marketing, business planning and support by a strong and involved Head Office team.

Each kitchen is an independently owned business. A Lunch Lady kitchen is:


  • Located in your community and services a cluster of schools and alternative programs

  • Run by a dedicated owner and staff who want to deliver the best service

  • Required to meet the standards set by the Lunch Lady Group 

  • A guaranteed nut-free, inspected facility

Our Kitchens


Our franchise partners prepare meals in inspected, commercial kitchens.  In some cases, a Lunch Lady takes over an existing kitchen space while in others, a kitchen is built-out.  The properties are leased and typically a minimum of 140 sq. meters or 1,500 sq. ft. Unlike other franchises, The Lunch Lady does not require a franchise partner buy equipment nor furnishings from specific vendors.      


Lunch Lady kitchens are located within a reasonable radius of the locations they serve.  Our team will offer guidance in the sourcing and selection of a kitchen property and help with the set-up to maximize the workflow efficiency.  There is no such thing as a “one size fits all” Lunch Lady kitchen!

Our Experience In Your Corner

Support Model

The Lunch Lady was founded by Ruthie Burd, a mother of three in 1993. With no cafeteria service available in most Canadian elementary schools, she recognized an opportunity in the market to help busy parents by providing them with a convenient alternative to packing school lunches.


She also believed that schools can influence eating habits, and that school food matters. Supporting healthier food environments is still our mission.


We want to make wholesome and affordable food available for everyone.  We have a dedicated head office team and a charitable foundation to help us achieve this.

Our in-house Food Support Team includes a certified Nutrition Manager and 2 Red Seal Chefs, who provide production and operational support, to ensure our food is good for you and tastes good too.


Sales and marketing support is provided by an experienced team.

With our turn-key proprietary system, we provide easy online access for our customers and a full suite of management and production capabilities for our franchise partners.

As we grow, we continue to innovate and introduce new ways to serve our communities and meet the expectations of our customers.

There is no one else in the market quite like the Lunch Lady.

We’d love to have you join our family!

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The Lunch Lady Franchise Awards and Honours

We are proud of our success and achievements over the past 25 years, contributing to the communities we serve.  We keep current with the changes that impact our business and we continuously strive to make improvements to our system and evolve and innovate, when necessary. 


We could have not achieved our awards and honours without the strong efforts of our franchise partners! Below are some of our partners and achievements.

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Our Franchise Process

Franchise Process

Since 2001 we have been making it easy to join our family of Lunch Lady franchise partners. Our corporate support team will guide you through the process from initial interest to “open for business”. We continue to provide consulting and guidance on a regular basis. That’s what families do, right?

Application / Approval


Complete franchise application for approval



Confirm seat in Lunch Lady School and start sourcing a location

Kitchen Build & Opening 

Sign your lease, convert the space to meet your needs, hire & train the staff you will need



It's time to let everyone know you are ready for business.  Introduce yourself to the schools and daycares in your community

Franchise Investment:


Franchise Fee



Royalty +

Ad Fund

Franchise Investment


Total Investment*

*includes franchise fee

“It makes me very happy to be part of a brand that is focused on helping families and offering healthy choices when it comes to food.”

Lunch Lady Xhandre

Franchise Owner
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