If you receive an invoice from Sodexo for your child's meals, you will need to create an account. If invoicing happens through your school or day care centre, an online account usually is not necessary.
Does your child attend a school or day care centre that serves food from Sodexo? If so, you received an account code by email either from your institution or our customer service. Use this code to start the online registration process.
Important: You need a valid email address to create an account.
Yes. You're welcome to create an account by visiting www.sohappy-catering.de on your tablet, computer or smartphone.
No, you only need the code to create an account.
Our email probably landed in your spam folder, so please check there.
Practical tip: Save our email address to your address list to make sure our emails always find their way to your inbox. Another explaination: your inbox might simply be full.
You are also welcome to sign up for an account on paper. You can find the appropriate paperwork for creating an account with us at your institution (school or day care centre) or by contacting our customer service team.
Please have a look in your spam folder. If you still can't find your account number, please contact our customer service.
If you haven't used your account for a while, you will need to register again. The same applies if your child has changed facilities since the conditions for our services may have changed (catering type, menu, prices, etc.).
A profile is a combination of your account number and your password.
Yes, you can save multiple profiles. Here's how:
No, you can select meals for several weeks by simply placing them in your cart. You only need to save your selection at the end of the order process.
Important: We can only consider cancellations confirmed by the system (see steps 3 and 4). Cancelled meals that are still in your shopping cart will not be recognised as cancelled.
When this happens, there are several possible explanations:
Saving your account number and password as a profile makes it quicker to log in. Select "Login | Order" at the top of the page. Look for your profile in the "Select profile" dropdown menu. If you’ve created several profiles, choose the profile you'd like to access.
If you forgot your password, there are two ways to get a new one:
1. If you're not logged in, click "Login | Order" at the top of the pasge. Now click "Forgot password?" to set a new one.
2. If you’re logged in, you can change your password in the Profile section under "Manage Profile": Click the name of the profile you would like to manage.
Either way, a new page opens where you can enter your email address and account number for verification. After clicking "Reset" you will receive an email with a password reset link. Keep in mind that your new password should contain a minimum of 8 characters and at least one number and a symbol.
Forgot your account number? Look for it on an invoice from us or in your contract documents/registration confirmation in the subject. Otherwise, please contact our customer service. You can find contact details in your contract (account confirmation). Or reach out to our main customer service desk for further support. Visit our website or the So Happy app for contact information.
You can change your password in the "Profile" section under "Change password". Or click "Forgot password?" in the login section - click "Order meals". If you’re already logged in, make sure to log out first.
Day care centres and schools have logistics in place to ensure that children receive fresh, well-prepared meals – especially larger institutions where many children take part in catering services. Depending on the catering concept, the meal planning and preparations for a new week are often completed on Friday of the previous week. That is why we are not able to offer the ordering function everywhere at the weekend.
You can take advantage of this option to receive timely reminders to select and order meals before the ordering window closes. If you have already ordered and still receive the
order reminder, please ignore it.
If you no longer want your order reminder, you can deactivate it at any time in your customer profile when you have registered online. Therefore go to your profile management and remove the checkmark at order reminder. By saving your order reminder will be deactivated.
You will then receive an information about this to your e-mail address.
In day care centres, children have a shared mealtime that is part of the educational concept. The children's meals are stored in our system as a standing order. Day care centre staff select the menus according to nutritional and physiological aspects, and often depending on the age of the children.
There are several possible reasons, so first we need to clarify the cause. We take great care to track down these types of errors quickly because it's our goal to avoid them in the future.
If this should ever happen to your child, please contact our customer service immediately. You will find the contact details in your contract (account confirmation). Or you can call our customer service centre, and our staff will be happy to put you in touch with the right person. Find the contact details for our head office on our website and in the So Happy App.
We offer three different catering systems for schools and day care centres: cook & chill, cook & hold and fresh, on-site cooking.
Learn more about our catering concepts
Our well-balanced meals for day care centres and schools are based on the quality standards and recommendations of the German Nutrition Society (DGE). Since 2013, many of our kitchens have had a dedicated menu line for both day care and school meals based on DGE quality standards. We give preference to seasonal and regional products from certified suppliers. At Sodexo, we define regional products as products from Germany that are seasonally available in Germany. We prefer to source our ingredients from growing regions where they can grow and ripen naturally.
Our quality management is based on the following four
Learn more about the quality standards of the German Nutrition Society
Our meals consist exclusively of fresh, natural ingredients. We do not use any artificial preservatives, flavour enhancers such as monosodium glutamate (MSG), aromas or artificial colourings. We comply with DGE guidelines and emphasise natural flavours. Wherever possible, we serve fish certified by MSC, GLOBALG.A.P or ASC. Together with the WWF, we have drawn up a list of endangered fish species.
We have specialised in age-appropriate and developmentally appropriate catering for several years. As experts for high-quality meals for day care centres and schools, we develop catering concepts tailored to the abilities and needs of children of all ages.
For example, while our focus for small children tends to be on serving bite-sized portions of fruits and veggies, or promoting independent choices through child-friendly buffets, we know that teenagers enjoy international food trends or takeaway snacks.
We believe that a well-balanced diet includes daily portions of fresh salad, vegetables, raw foods and fruit. Each day we offer a vegetarian option. Meat is included in our weekly menu no more than twice a week, and fish at least once a week. Dishes with milk and eggs appear regularly on our menu.
Depending on the facility, up to three menus can be selected from – so there's something for every child. Buffets, a free choice of side dishes and special offers create plenty of variety. When compiling our menus, we make sure to avoid frequent repetition. What's more, our employees are deeply rooted in their local communities. They know our partners personally and are familiar with the social, cultural and culinary conditions of their region. We channel this holistic experience into our menu design.
Learn more about the quality standards of the German Nutrition Society
One of our primary goals at Sodexo is to gradually reduce our consumption of animal-based products. We collaborate with ProVeg to analyse and upgrade our line of vegetarian meals. In the long term, we aim to increase our share of vegetarian and vegan meals even further.
We have also begun raising awareness of the health benefits of plant-based nutrition amongst our kitchen managers, cooks and serving staff.
Our prices are based on a mixed calculation because prices, especially for food, can fluctuate widely. In addition to the cost of ingredients, we base our prices on the cost of our staff, electricity, kitchen cleaning services, our customer service offer, and invoicing.
We aim to pay our employees fair wages, comply with German Nutrition Society guidelines, and provide access to affordable lunches to as many families as possible. We genuinely believe children should also be able to enjoy meals that are a bit more elaborate, both in terms of their cost and preparation.
We always try to provide extra helpings of veggies, potatoes and other side dishes. But since we try to avoid food waste as well as surpluses, we may need to offer your child an alternative side dish as a second helping if the one on the menu has already run out.
When pairing meals with desserts, we consider the number of calories, taste and other criteria. If we offer a rich meal with meat, for example, we do not combine it with a creamy, high-fat dessert. Instead, we choose fruit or raw foods to meet the required calorie values.
When compiling our recipes, we follow DGE guidelines.
When you see organic on our menu, you can rest assured it's organic. We are a certified organic meal provider. Once a year, we are inspected, audited and certified by a third-party organic food testing institute.
High-quality organic ingredients are an integral part of many of our recipes. We can offer a 100% organic menu to day care centres and schools on request.
It varies by institution and depends on the conditions, requirements, pricing and requested catering concept.
We can offer day care centres and schools a 100% organic menu on request.
We give preference to seasonal and regional products from certified suppliers. At Sodexo, we define regional products as products from Germany that are seasonally available in Germany. We prefer to source our ingredients from growing regions where they can grow and ripen naturally. Are you interested in learning more about Sodexo's commitment to regional products?
We are an experienced caterer with longstanding regional roots. We are aware that we have an immense responsibility to help meet the ecological and social challenges of our time. Climate change is one of the primary issues facing our world and Sodexo has set ambitious goals in this regard.
It is our vision – and mission – that all our customers have access to delicious, healthy and sustainable meals. We want to be pioneers in the field of catering for schools and educational institutions and actively shape it as a driver of innovation.
In an average year, we source 40 per cent of our fruits and vegetables from Germany, 85 per cent of which are sustainably grown. In this way, we support regional producers, strengthen the local economy and actively contribute to climate protection.
When purchasing meat products, animal welfare is a primary concern. We source 82 per cent of our beef, 90 per cent of our pork and 74 per cent of our poultry from producers in Germany. Our suppliers must comply with the Sodexo Animal Welfare Charter and are actively involved in species-appropriate animal husbandry.
Our bakeries and grain suppliers include small and medium-sized German companies. We obtain all fresh-baked goods from nearby bakeries. This approach allows us to support local communities and regional food cultures and ensure short transport routes.
We purchase most of our vegetables fresh, directly from regional producers. We also place a high premium on seasonal produce.
Even so, we aren't able to source fresh vegetables year-round in the quantities we need. That's why we also use frozen vegetables, which, as research has shown, are also rich in vitamins and minerals. We ensure that the vegetables we use are washed and shock frozen immediately after harvesting to avoid quality loss before processing. Our frozen vegetables do not contain any additives.
Yes, we offer at least the following four special dietary options: basic allergy meals, fructose-free meals, gluten-free meals and gluten-free without milk or eggs.
Allergy sufferers can choose between two different menus per dietary option.
We make it easy to order meals for your child with special dietary needs:
Yes, for breakfast and afternoon snacks we offer partial alternatives for children with food allergies and intolerances. We provide dietetically tested, central menus for precisely this purpose.
Since the choice of suitable, high-quality products is somewhat smaller in this category and we have to guarantee a high level of food safety, we offer a two-week menu for breakfast and afternoon snacks and an eight-week menu for lunch.
The foundation for a good, healthy diet is often laid at a young age. That's why for years Sodexo has been committed to sharing age-appropriate knowledge about nutrition and environmental awareness.
In our "cook@school" programme, for example, we bring a mobile kitchen and fresh food into the classroom. Under the guidance of a professional chef, students can cook a wholesome and tasty meal. In nutrition workshops for third and fourth-graders, schoolchildren receive a playful introduction to the "ABCs of healthy eating".
We also offer a hands-on “Eat the rainbow” activity to teach kindergarten children about the topic. Plus, we have a puppet theatre that performs plays about healthy eating, environmental protection and good table manners.
Learn more about our nutrition education concepts
The small "i" stands for information. Simply click it to view detailed information, such as nutritional values or food allergens.
You can send us feedback on the meals you ordered within three days (from the day of delivery). You can rate the food as well as the service by selecting a smiley and answering questions using the slider.
Click the button "Order meals" and log in. Next, the menu will open. Click the speech bubble next to a dish to give us your feedback. If you have detailed feedback or questions, please our contact customer service.
Yes, we are happy to consider food requests from children and parents.
Suggestions and requests can be addressed to us through the food committee or board in your day care centre or school, or directly through our customer service. After careful consideration, we are pleased to implement new ideas.
We use these to identify your child and provide the selected meal.
In most day care centres, the institution or provider decides on the caterer – often based on a public tender.
We encourage you to talk to your childcare management if you would like to have a say in the choice of caterers or to pass on your wishes to us.
Like all caterers, we are obligated to return unclaimed or leftover food to biogas plants. This handover must also be documented.
Sustainability and sustainable food use are firmly anchored in our philosophy at Sodexo. We record and measure all waste we produce, regularly adjust the quantities in our recipes and promote awareness amongst our employees of the need to handle food with care.
To sensitise children to the issue of food waste, we regularly carry out campaigns on the use of resources and are involved in initiatives such as the Federal Ministry of Food and Agriculture's "Too good for the bin!" initiative.
More about the "Too good for the bin" initiative.
Our meals vary locally, so you will need an account number and password to view your individual meal options.
As part of our "Better Tomorrow 2025" initiative, we are working to reduce paper waste and have eliminated most printed menus in recent years.
According to the Food Information Regulation, all group caterers are required to label allergens and additives. These ingredients can be easily recognised by the number and letter combinations on the menu. The labels are regularly checked by the responsible food authorities.
Education in Germany is a matter for the state governments, which means both the prices and the subsidies for kindergarten and school meals vary from state to state. In addition to subsidies from the federal states and local authorities, parents are also responsible for part of the costs.
The situation is different for low-income families, whose costs for school lunches are covered by government subsidies.
You will find your invoices in the "My account" tab in the menu. Just click "Login | Order" and select the invoice period by clicking the calendar symbol. Alternatively, you can search for invoice numbers or print your invoices. The maximum retention period in our system is 18 months.
You have the option of making your transfer in advance (prepaid). This gives your customer account a credit balance that enables you to participate in the meal. The credit balance should always be replenished in good time, taking into account the bank working days.
The meal fee is debited in accordance with the SEPA regulations. You will receive advance
information about the amount and the deadline for the debit in advance by e-mail. The meal money will then be debited from your account at the beginning of the following month.
Under the button "Order meals".
There are several possible reasons. The approval period may have expired or we received the BuT notice too late (after the monthly settlement). Unfortunately, we cannot retroactively change our invoice. Please contact your BuT office directly for assistance.
We manly need your account details for the event that you are no longer eligible for BuT subsidies.
If you have a day care child, we need your bank account information because parents are usually responsible for the costs of breakfast and snacks. Government subsidies (BuT) only cover lunch. The regulation my vary by state.
Please contact our customer service.
If you signed up online, you may cancel your contract at the website in the "Profile" section: Log in and select your user profile, under "Manage profile". For paper contracts, you can send notice of termination by email, post or fax. Please refer to the General Terms and Conditions for the period of notice. You received these either together with your registration in paper form or as a PDF document during online registration.
There are several ways to order our meals online:
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Yes, it is. Depending on your system, browser and settings, you may need an additional PDF reader such as Adobe Reader or PDF Reader. You can then print out menus and invoices from your computer. This is not currently possible from a mobile device.
Please contact customer service by phone or email, and state your account number in your message. You will find the contact details in your contract (account confirmation). Or you can contact our customer service centre, which will gladly forward your request. Contact details for our head office can be found on our website and in the So Happy App.