The Food for Life Partnership Award Scheme can only work when there is a good relationship between the school and the caterer. There will likely be questions about meeting the criteria, education activities to convey information to the whole school, and constant communication beween the caterer, the school catering team and other school staff and pupils.

Food for Life Catering Mark

If you are a caterer interested in demonstrating to parents and schools that you can deliver menus that use fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients, high welfare meat and sustainable fish, the Food for Life Catering Mark is for you. The Food for Life Catering Mark criteria 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. Increasingly, headteachers and parents will be asking caterers to support schools’ work towards achieving a Food for Life Partnership Mark award.

We can help you

The Food for Life Partnership’s food sourcing team provides nationwide support to local authority caterers, in-house catererd schools or small catering companies – anyone who has an interest in providing good, local, sustainable food to schools. The team can help with information regarding potential suppliers, or help with explaining the criteria. The team reguarly run regional events for caterers to provide support and advice and to gather thoughts on the benefits and barriers to being involved. We have developed a range of resources – check out these pages, and let us know if there is something that you would like to see.
If you have any questions about the Food Quality and Provenance criteria please call your regional food sourcing co-ordinator:

Clare Hadway - - 07717 712137

South West 
Hannah Caswell – – 07500 874049

Southern and Eastern Regions
Katrina Kollegaeva – – 07919 216250

Northern Regions
Caron Longden – – 07500 874048

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.

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