Many of our happy and satisfied customers have had these questions in the past. If you have a concern or question that you don’t see addressed here, feel free to contact us via email or through our website .
School Lunch Catering
What is the minimum number of students needed for a school lunch program?
For our lunch delivery program, schools typically have at least 150 students in order to ensure a minimum participation of 50 students. This is so we can guarantee our low prices; however, if you have a school with a lower student count, we are happy to discuss other school lunch catering options with you. For our on-site cafeteria management program, your school needs to have at least 300 students.
How does a school lunch program work?
If your school has a fully functional and permitted kitchen with adequate space for food storage and preparation, we will provide staff to prepare and serve delicious school lunches on site. If you do not have a kitchen, we will prepare the food at our central catering kitchen and deliver to your school.
What is the average cost per student?
Most of our school menus items are purchased a la carte with prices differing between elementary, middle, and high schools to account for portion size. The average cost of an entrée, side, and drink is $4-$6. We are proud of the incredible value we offer our schools!
Do parents or students need to place orders ahead of time?
In some cases, parents and/or students order ahead of time using our easy online order system . This is the case when we are operating in a food-delivery capacity. When we are the on-site foodservice contractor, we operate a traditional cafeteria-style service where students bring cash or a school debit card and purchase food as they like.
What if I need to cancel a lunch order?
We know that unexpected illnesses or appointments can get in the way of lunch sometimes. If you know your child won’t be in school on a day you’ve ordered lunch, you can cancel the order up until 4:00 PM the day before. Your account will be credited for the full amount of your order and can be applied to any future purchase. You cannot cancel same-day orders, but the lunch will be properly stored so that you or your child can retrieve it for later consumption.
No! The only expense incurred by a school is the general maintenance of the cafeteria and/or kitchen facilities.
Is your facility nut free?
We do not use any nut products in the preparation of any items on our school menus; however, our kitchens are not considered “nut-free”. This means that we may prepare nut-containing foods for other catering customers with the same equipment used to prepare our school foods. If your child has a severe nut allergy, please contact us to discuss safe menu options.
How far in advance should I place my office catering order?
While we appreciate 7 days’ notice, we can accommodate orders that are less than a week away—just ask !
What is your delivery area? Is there a delivery charge?
Check out our service area and delivery charge page here .
Is there a minimum number of people you will do office catering for?
Our minimum order is based on dollar amount instead of the number of people. Thanks to our delicious boxed lunch catering and corporate catering options, we know you’ll easily meet our $100 minimum.
Do you provide paper goods? What about tables, chairs, linens, china, flatware, or glassware?
High grade disposable dining and serving ware is included in the pricing of corporate catering menu. If your event requires a more upscale set-up, we can arrange for any of the above for your office events or off-premises catering.
Do you offer gluten-free, vegetarian/vegan, or certified Kosher meals?
We are happy to offer any of the above, just contact us to learn about options and pricing.
Why should we set up corporate catering contract?
All of our corporate contract customers enjoy reduced pricing and a personalized account manager. This manager is your expedited link to Abundance and will receive your orders, help you create the right menu — from boxed lunches to full-service catering for a special event — and finally, make sure everything went flawlessly. We know you’re tired of having to find a new caterer each time you’re planning a meeting because the last one didn’t execute as advertised. A corporate catering contract with Abundance is your life line for personalized, consistent service and value.
Question Not Answered Here?
The Abundance Catering Company is proud to serve Anne Arundel, Baltimore, and Howard Counties, as well as Baltimore City. Whether you are in Glen Burnie, Linthicum, Ellicott City, Columbia, Annapolis, Baltimore, or Catonsville, we offer the best food at the best price for your school, business, or corporate events. To get more answers to your questions, contact us online or give us a call at 410-590-8680. We look forward to impressing you with our tantalizing options, seamless order process, and fantastic service. It’s the little extras that count!