In 2009, B&NES Catering Services was among the first group of caterers to be awarded the Soil Association’s Food For Life Partnership Caterer Mark Bronze Award, for menus that comply with the following:
- Meals contain no undesirable food additives or hydrogenated fats
- 75% of dishes are freshly prepared
- Meat meets UK welfare standards and eggs are from cage-free hens
- Menus are seasonal
- Catering staff are well trained
- No GM ingredients.
The Caterer Mark is an award to caterers who are providing the very best in healthy, organic and locally-sourced meals.
Catering Services Manager received the award from Prince Charles on behalf of the team: “We are delighted to have received the Bronze Award and to have our efforts recognised. The Award is the result of a partnership between dedicated school meals staff, local food producers and enthusiastic schools. We are all committed to giving B&NES children the best quality healthy meals”.
Catering Services worked to achieve this award in order to support the work of the B&NES Healthy Schools team and the efforts of the B&NES schools aiming to get Food For Life accreditation.
Three B&NES schools - St John’s Midsomer Norton, Twerton Infants and Oldfield Park Infants - were among the first in the country to achieve a Food For Life award, and St John’s went on to become the first in the country to be awarded Gold, in December 2009. B&NES schools are still in the forefront of the Food For Life Partnership scheme with 42 schools registered, of which one has the Gold Award, two have Silver and twelve have Bronze.
The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture.
“Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.”