Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark

The Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark provides an independent endorsement that food providers are taking steps to improve the food they serve, using fresh ingredients which are free from trans fats and harmful additives and better for animal welfare

Caterers are audited to ensure they meet high standards of provenance and traceability, providing reassurance to customers that meals are freshly prepared using environmentally-sustainable and seasonal ingredients. They are also asked to demonstrate their compliance with relevant national standards, including the School Food Standards, or guidelines on food and nutrition.

Caterers who are accredited by Catering Mark are subject to an annual inspection, including on site visit, so we – and you - can be sure that your food meets our award food quality criteria.

The Catering Mark directly ties up with the Food Quality section of the School Award – so if you’re a silver caterer then your schools are already a quarter of the way to achieving their award.

Find out more about the Catering Mark standards and award holders by visiting the Soil Association Catering Mark website.

If you are a food provider, find out how you can apply, please contact one of the Catering Mark Regional Co-ordinators:

Hannah Caswell, South West and Wales: 07917 230 120

David Persaud, Midlands: 07713 712 098

Caron Longden, North: 07500 874 048

Katrina Kollegaeva, London and South East: 07919 216 250

Sarah Duley, Catering Mark Development Manager, Food for Life Scotland: 07562 780302

"We're seeing an increasing requirement for bronze, silver and gold menus and it's clear that this is something of real importance to schools."Mark Davies (ISS Education)

Food for Life Catering Mark

Case Study

Balancing the books and going for the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark

Havering and Thurrock Catering Services has achieved the Silver Food for Life Catering Mark by introducing organic items to its school menus. The school caterer manages to spend over 30% of its limited budget on organic and MSC (Marine Stewardship Council) products.