Caterers for Rugby schools win silver Food for Life award

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Warwickshire County Caterers have been awarded a

prestigious Soil Association Food for Life Silver Catering

Mark for their primary, nursery and special educational

needs school menus.

Already holders of a Bronze Award this recent accolade

recognises a significant increase in the amount of local,

organic, MSC, fair trade and free range produce on their

menus.

In order to win a Silver Award, a school must:

· Serve school meals on plates, not flight trays and have a

food policy.

· Meals must meet the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Standards which shows they take care that school food is

healthy, ethical, and uses local and organic ingredients.

· Have a cooking club, enabling pupils to cook with, and

eat, the produce grown in the school growing area; and

· Parents and the wider community get involved in food

education via food-themed events.

The Soil Association’s inspector, Antonia Knott, commented,

“Warwickshire County caterers is a well-run organisation.

Good effort had been made to ensure that as much

information could be available at inspection as possible.

They have worked hard to ensure that the new menus meet the

Silver Standard. Well done!”

Cllr Heather Timms, Warwickshire County Council’s portfolio

holder for Children, Young People and Families, said: “We

are delighted to receive this prestigious endorsement that

we are delivering a high quality, sustainable, fresh food

service and that Warwickshire’s schoolchildren benefit from

some of the best nutrition on offer.”

Warwickshire County Caterers serve in the region of 3

million healthy, nutritious lunches at 175 infant, primary

and Special Educational Needs Schools and 20 nursery

schools across Warwickshire.

For more information about school meals, visit the website:

www.warwickshire.gov.uk/schoolmeals

Contact us: Countycaterers@warwickshire.gov.uk

More information about the Food for Life Catering Mark can

be found at www.foodforlife.org.uk