Franchising

Own your own business and make a difference in your community

Looking for a way to become a business owner yet still have quality time with your family? The Lunch Lady, Canada’s largest and most reliable school lunch provider, gives you the unique opportunity to be your own boss, work around your personal schedule and make a difference in your community – offering support and tools along the way to ensure the success of your business.
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Why own a Lunch Lady Franchise?

Flexibility. Balance. A rewarding career.

Joining the Lunch Lady Franchise Group can be a fresh start for many, providing the opportunity to own a business that you can truly call your own. Whether you’re trying to strike a balance between work life and family time, or looking to change careers, franchising with the Lunch Lady offers flexibility that works with your schedule and personal needs. 

As a collective group of franchises, we take pride in giving back to the community by providing better nutrition to kids across Canada. We’re company that you can be proud to work alongside in changing the way kids think about and consume food.

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How does it work?

All about the Lunch Lady Franchise Group

We award the right individual the opportunity to enjoy a flexible lifestyle and still enjoy a rewarding career. We require an initial franchise fee of $25K, with an estimated start-up cost of $50K-$125K to set up a commercial kitchen for Lunch Lady operations. Best of all, no kitchen experience is needed! We will work with you to help build your first Lunch Lady kitchen including training, marketing materials, business planning and support.

  • Each kitchen is an independently owned business, operating as part of the Lunch Lady Franchises;
  • Located in your community and services a cluster of schools;
  • Run by a dedicated owner and staff who want to deliver the best possible program to each school they service;
  • Required to meet the standards set by the Lunch Lady Group;
  • A guaranteed nut-free, inspected facility;
  • and supported by a strong and involved Head Office.

Start the Franchise Application Process

For more information please Download Our Franchise Information Package by filling out the form. If you require further assistance, please contact us at 1-800-603-6656 or e-mail us at franchise@thelunchlady.ca.

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Available Lunch Lady Franchises

Current Franchise Opportunities in Canada

We’re expanding! The Lunch Lady is on the hunt for new franchise owners. Click below to find a franchise opportunity in your neighbourhood.

Lethbridge
Red Deer

Kamloops
Kelowna & Vernon
Richmond
Surrey
Tri-Cities (Coquitlam, Port Coquitlam, and Port Moody)
Vancouver
Victoria

Fredericton
Moncton

Belleville and Trenton
Kingston
Kitchener/Waterloo/Cambridge
Peterborough
Sarnia
Sudbury
Thunder Bay
Windsor

Charlottetown

Gatineau
Quebec City
Montreal

Saskatoon
Regina

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Profile of a Lunch Lady Franchise Partner

$50-125k
Start-up Costs (including Franchise Fee)

Business
Minded

Entrepreneur
Spirit

Community
Oriented

Passion for Food
and Kids

$350k
Net Worth

Frequently Asked Questions

Have a question? You may find the answer to it here.

The Lunch Lady Franchise Fee is currently $25,000 CDN + GST.

The Franchise fee includes an extensive and intensive two week training program, start-up support, assistance with lease/site selection and kitchen set-up, network training as well as use of the Lunch Lady Name and all associated branding and operating systems.

We do not have a corporate financing program available. However the Lunch Lady Group supports Industry Canada’s Small Business Financing Program.

Royalty Fees are 8% of Total Gross Sales for on-going support. There is also an Ad Fund of 1% of Total Gross Sales used for branding and promotional activity.

Franchisees are responsible for all expenses related to outfitting a functional, commercial kitchen and start up cash flow.

While experience in the Hospitality industry is helpful, it is not essential. Creating a successful Franchise depends on effort, good organization, effective management and attention to Customer Service.

Food delivered to schools must be prepared in an inspected commercial kitchen facility. However, franchise owners may choose to stay home to do administrative tasks so long as there is a kitchen manager handling the food production daily.

A Franchisee works five days a week, Monday to Friday while school is in session. As the lunch break at individual Elementary Schools can range from 11 am to 1 pm, working hours and daily start times vary. After the lunches are delivered, there are administrative tasks and preparations to make for the next day, but these can be managed conveniently according to the Franchisee’s own personal schedule.

A viable franchise will have access to an Elementary School population of approximately 10,000 students. Since school size varies from region to region, there is no set number of schools. A new Franchisee begins typically with one or two schools, and builds the business gradually.

The initial term is 10 years, with the option to renew for additional 5 year terms.

Yes, upon approval of the Lunch Lady Group.

This business is ideal for someone who enjoys working with kids, parents and the Community. It is well suited for someone who would like a more flexible lifestyle.

We require an initial franchise fee of $25K, with an estimated start-up cost of $50K-$125K to set up a commercial kitchen for Lunch Lady operations. A Lunch Lady Franchise owner must be outgoing, fun, and carry management and business experience.


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