October's Tip of the Month!
9 October 2012 - One step closer to your Food for Life Partnership Bronze, Silver or Gold award!
Tick off the Bronze, Silver or Gold criteria for … Food Quality
If your school catering company has achieved a Food for Life Catering Mark Award, this means your school can automatically tick over a quarter of the Food for Life Partnership Award criteria!
To find out if your caterer has an award, go to the Soil Association Catering Mark website and look for your caterer’s name. Remember to check whether the caterer has an award which covers your local authority area. Get in touch with us, or even better, talk to your caterer directly about the food being served on your menu, and invite them to join your SNAG group.
The Food for Life Catering Mark standards have been developed to reflect best practice in healthy and sustainable school meals, in consultation with a wide range of leading school caterers from the private, independent and local authority sectors. The same standards form the ‘Food Quality’ strand of the Food for Life Partnership award criteria for schools, which will also be awarded at Bronze, Silver and Gold levels. You can find out more about the Catering Mark here.
Please note, the Bronze Criteria and Guidance were updated on 3rd September 2012. You can download our new Bronze Criteria and Guidance booklet here which contains full information on each of the criteria and how you can meet them.
If you enrolled onto the programme prior to that date, you will continue to follow the previous set of criteria until March 2013, when we will be transferring all schools to the new application form. Click here to download the previous version of the Criteria and Guidance.
Food Quality criteria
- No genetically modified (GM) ingredients are used on our menus.
- No fish are served from the Marine Conservation Society (MCS) ‘Fish to Avoid’ list.
- Our menus demonstrate compliance with national standards or guidelines on food and nutrition
- Food on our menu does not contain any undesirable additives or trans fats.
- We make sure that at least 75% of dishes on our menu are freshly prepared.
- All meat is from farms which satisfy UK welfare standards. We use meat that is farm assured as a welfare minimum. We use eggs from cage-free hens.
- Our menus are seasonal and we highlight in-season produce.
- Our menus cater well for all dietary needs in the school population.
- Catering staff are supported with skills training and are engaged in food education.
- Free drinking water is provided for our pupils throughout the school day.
- Information is on display about where food comes from.