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Your hot lunch program, made simple

  • Simple lunch preordering on desktops, laptops, and mobile
  • Can accept credit cards, electronic checks, PayPal
  • Can accept checks, cash, third-party billing
  • Flexible menu pricing
  • Powerful customized reporting
  • And much, much more


  • Simple lunch ordering on desktops, laptops, and mobile
  • Powerful customized reporting
  • Family Dashboard
  • Accept credit cards, checks, cash, or external billing
  • Flexible menu pricing
  • Customized On-screen Messages and FAQs
  • Customizable admin security
  • Time Travel audit trail
  • Comprehensive communication system
  • Easily handle field trips
  • Quick credits for school closings
  • 100% Money-back guarantee

Personalized Video Demonstration

Evaluating school software is a difficult process. Before making a decision, you'll need input from administrators, cooks, and volunteers, all of whom work very different schedules.

That's why we're happy to create a personalized video demonstration that you can easily share. Just send us a sample of your order form and answer a few questions. We'll take care of the rest.


Love the color coding per child. Makes ordering for 3 kids much easier. I also like how all the options are listed and I only have to check the box!

— Amber, Parent

Upon deciding to use the Lunch Works system with our school's hot lunch program, it only took a couple days for our school to be set up. In addition, we were able to actually take orders within two weeks...

— Amy, Hot Lunch Coordinator

Great to use with mobile phone!

— Cindy, Parent

Our lunch room program has been transformed from a week long project to a manageable few hours of work a week.

— Sheri, School Office Assistant

Easy to order and register for an account.

— Anonymous, Parent

It's great for small businesses. Customer service with Lunch works is great! Always very quick to respond. Jeff was and is always helpful.

— Cindy, Caterer

Lunch Works has simplified our lunch ordering system exponentially! The staff is very helpful and answers questions in a timely manner. Set up is easy. Using lunch Works has cut the time it takes to organize our lunch orders in half.

— Connie, Head of School

It's my first time using this and it's been pretty easy. I like it!

— Ilusion, Parent

What really sells this program, though, is your customer service. Questions get answered and problems get resolved in a very quick response time. You and your staff have consistently, patiently and pleasantly guided me through a lunch ordering system that has been truly valued by all the parents and the staff.

— Jenny, Hot Lunch Coordinator

We have been very pleased with how easy this system is to use, both for our staff and for our families...I would highly recommend this system.

— Mary Jane, Receptionist

Everything is large, easy to read, and highly visible!

— Emily, Parent

Lunch Works has been very useful for us to manage our lunch program. Jeff is always willing to give guidance, make changes and add things as needed.

— Andi, Financial Secretary

Lunchworks has been a partner in helping me grow my business and have always accommodated our needs as we have grown and I would highly recommend them if you are in need of a safe, reliable online ordering company that provides the most functional software available for school lunches.

— Michelle, Caterer

I like that the orders can go on my calendar on my phone!

— Anonymous, Parent

The system is very easy for the parents/students to use to input their lunch orders. After only 2 months of lunch orders, over 90% of the families at our school were using the system. It is much less cumbersome for the families to enter their lunch orders online than with the old ticket process. In addition, their total payment due for the month is provided for them, so they do not have to manually add the cost of the lunches...

— Sharon, Volunteer Lunch Program Coordinator

Our school used a manual ordering system where the families would fill out a paper form for the food that their children would like to order. The Hot Lunch committee would then type all the orders into a spreadsheet. When our school population doubled due to expansion, this method was no longer practical. We also realized that this probably was a good time to leverage technology into our Hot Lunch program...

— Mary Ellen, Fund-Raising Treasurer

visually appealing, clear and easy to read

— Anonymous, Parent

We needed a system that could allow our parents to pay online and also order lunches. In particular, we needed someone who could work with our state payment system for credit card payments and provide a variety of custom reports to address our compliance issues.

Lunch Works was able to make that work for us. We now receive 90% of our payments by credit card, which avoids the slow payment process. All in all, they have met our needs with a user-friendly program, excellent customer service, and a good price.

— Anna, School Nutrition Manager

Our school families needed a way to order lunches and pay with a credit/debit card. With Lunchworks, the families can order online, including the same day, and pay with cash/check or credit card. This has helped increase the accuracy of our daily lunch count. Also the ease of sending out weekly statements is quick and efficient, vs using spreadsheets to track and sending out paper invoices.

— Dianna, Secretary

So super easy to see the kids all next to each other by day!

— Ellen, Parent

I LOVE IT!! You have no idea how much easier my life is! The transition was very smooth for me. It was like a huge weight being lifted! EVERYTIME I see a parent they thank me! They love it!!

— Kelly, Caterer

My experience with LunchWorks has been a rewarding one. Any time that I had a question or a need for a custom report, Jeff was right there, either by phone or e-mail, with a solution...

— Judy, Food Services Director

The mobile site is easy to use.

— Angela, Parent

Our school used a manual ordering system where the families would fill out a paper form for the food that their children would like to order. The Hot Lunch committee would then type all the orders into a spreadsheet. When our school population doubled due to expansion, this method was no longer practical. We also realized that this probably was a good time to leverage technology into our Hot Lunch program...

— Karen, Technology Administrator

By switching over to Lunch Works the manual process has now been eliminated... It is the easiest process and very user friendly. Thanks Lunch Works for making our lunch program successful.

— Natalie, Hot Lunch Coordinator

Very Kool, Yes Sire, Very Kool, Yes Sire, Very Very Very exquisite

— Anonymous, Parent

Fee Structure

You will only ever be charged for three things:

 Account Maintenance Fee   10¢ per student per month 
 Order Processing Fee   1% of your gross sales 
 Payment Processing Fee   Optional, varies per processor 

That's it. No extras. No surprises.

We'll handle all of the technical details, so you don't need any special equipment or knowledge. As long as you can handle the basic operations of a relatively modern computer, you'll be fine.

Estimate Your Cost

How many students buy at least one item throughout the year?

What are your total annual gross sales of items and services that would be processed through Lunch Works?

How much does a typical student pay per item?

Do you want to take payments online? No, checks/cash only Yes, online payments

What is a typical payment size?

Estimated Fees

Account Maintenance Fees
Order Processing Fees
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 0.00%
Total Lunch Works Fees
$0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 0.00%

Payment Processing Fees? $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 $0.00 0.00%
These fees are charged by the payment processor of your choice.

NOTE: Lunch Works can be configured to pass on these (and any other fees or taxes) to the families during checkout, making the service essentially free to your school.

Money Back Guarantee

The following policy will sound "too good to be true", but I assure you it's real.

You see, I've been doing this long enough that I understand the difficulty of your situation. You know you have to simplify your lunch program, but there's a lot of pressure to pick the right system. Whatever decision you make has to simultaneously please administrators, volunteers, cooks, parents, and children. That's a very diverse group and there's bound to be an infinite range of computer savviness amongst them. It's a very daunting task, especially if you've never shopped for this kind of software before! Read More