Food for Thought wins Soil Association award

17 October 2011 by
Food for Thought wins Soil Association award

Food for Thought, a not-for-profit caterer owned by 17 Merseyside schools, has been awarded the Soil Association's Silver Food for Life Catering Mark for its healthy, climate-friendly school meals.

Set up in 2003 ahead of Jamie Oliver's school food campaign, Food for Thought brought together 17 schools to improve the quality of food that was being served by underpaid and de-skilled staff.

Food for Thought increased staff pay and hours; reintroduced cooking fresh produce from scratch, and eradicated all processed food from the school menu.

Operating in some of the poorest areas of Liverpool, Food for Thought has also kept school meal prices in the majority of its schools at £1.60 since 2005.

Jan Potter, head teacher at Belle Vale Primary School and chairperson of Food For Thought, said: "This is a really important award for the high standards we have set since we formed our not-for-profit company in 2003.

"Now we can be proud of having the best and lowest priced school meals service in Liverpool, owned by head teachers whose schools not only have a share in any surplus created but can also use this to directly benefit their pupils."

The Food for Life Catering Mark is an award that offers a step-by-step route to providing freshly prepared, locally produced, seasonal and organic food. Open to caterers in all sectors, the Catering Mark has three tiers: bronze, silver and gold. The silver award means Food for Thought uses locally sourced produce, which is freshly prepared every day and does not contain any undesirable additives or hydrogenated fats.

Meat is farm-assured as a welfare minimum, and free-range eggs, certified organic products and fish certified by the Marine Conservation Society are used.

Edwards & Ward wins Soil Association's Food for Life Gold award >>

Cater Link wins Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark >>

Pride Catering wins top accolade from Soil Association >>

By Janie Stamford

E-mail your comments to Janie Stamford here.

If you have something to say on this story or anything else join the debate at Table Talk - Caterer's new networking forum. Go to jobs

Looking for a new job? Find your next job here with jobs

Blogs on ]( Catch up with more news and gossip on all Caterer's blogs
[E-newsletters]([ For the latest hospitality news, sign up for our E-newsletters
The Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email

Start the working day with The Caterer’s free breakfast briefing email

Sign Up and manage your preferences below

Check mark icon
Thank you

You have successfully signed up for the Caterer Breakfast Briefing Email and will hear from us soon!

Jacobs Media Group is honoured to be the recipient of the 2020 Queen's Award for Enterprise.

The highest official awards for UK businesses since being established by royal warrant in 1965. Read more.


Ad Blocker detected

We have noticed you are using an adblocker and – although we support freedom of choice – we would like to ask you to enable ads on our site. They are an important revenue source which supports free access of our website's content, especially during the COVID-19 crisis.

trade tracker pixel tracking