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School Lunch Box Pricing

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I have put together menus for a school lunch delivery service that I am starting up with my family but I am uncertain as to how much we should be charging for the lunch box. Each meal will be cooked fresh daily and delivered to the school of the child.  We don't want to seem like we are overcharging but at the same time we don't want to be giving them away. 

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Welcome to Chef Talk.  You will find many threads on this subject.  Here is your best answer.




COSTS = Labor (including your own, if applicable) + Food + Utilities + Rent + Licenses + Tax reserve + Insurance + any other costs of doing business, including interest, depreciation, and all the hidden costs.


PROFIT DESIRED is up to you, what return on your investment do you want?

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Second best answer: do some market research. There are both large and small companies that does this so investigate the competitions product and pricing. It's also good to have a realistic understanding of the potential client base and their current school meal plans, as well as any non-compete attitudes the local schools may have based on current lunch service agreements.
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Ditto the Chefs answers.

I was a bit curious how you are going to make this work.

I understand it can be done but unless you are feeding a majority of the students every day I don't see the profit.

There is a chef member on CT who has a contract to prepare, deliver and serve lunches to an entire student population.

Every day.


What kind of hoops are you having to jump thru in order to bypass the federal school lunch regulations?

Not trying to poke the bear at all.

Like I mentioned I am sure it CAN be done just wondering how much BS did you have to deal with to get up and running?




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