With increasing popularity of whole-day primary school, large numbers of children would have to take their lunch at school every day. As contracts made with lunch suppliers usually spans for at least one academic year (and up to three years), choosing an appropriate lunch supplier becomes an important task for primary schools.

It is very common for schools and parents to choose their school lunch supplier based on factors like scales of suppliers, word-of-mouth, food hygiene and prices. In fact, it would also important to consider suppliers ability to provide food with good nutrition quality as well as their investment made to conserve the environment during meal production.

Upon consultation with relevant stakeholders, the Department of Health, the Education Bureau and the Environmental Protection Department have together developed a "Handbook of Selection of Lunch Suppliers" for school reference. Supplemented by regular lunch monitoring tools, the Department of Health hopes that lunch provided for school children could be both nutritive and value for money.

Handbook of Selection of Lunch Suppliers

Handbook of Selection of Lunch Suppliers (September 2019)


Chapter I: Procedures of Selecting School Lunch Suppliers

Chapter II: FAQs

Chapter III: Laws, Circulars and Guidelines

In case of any discrepancies between the Chinese and the English versions, the Chinese version shall prevail.


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