Food for Life Served Here

For customers Food for Life Served Here means meals cooked from scratch, using sustainable fish, free range eggs and ingredients that can be traced back to the farm.

Some caterers are taking steps to make healthy eating easier for customers. We reward caterers for using locally sourced and ethical ingredients, that support our local economy and protect the environment for the future. The award is inspected annually, during a visit from one of our inspection team. 

Meals served to Food for Life Served Here standards positively impact not only customers eating the meals, but the business they are preparing for, the teams involved in cooking and the local economy.

Food for Life Served Here standards are set by an independent Standards Committee, which is made up of industry experts from a wide range of sectors. The standards are created with public health priority and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals in mind. We can offer support to caterers to meet the standards including benchmarking sessions and staff training. 

Standards for bronze award holders

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- All eggs are free range
- No genetically modified ingredients
- No undesirable additives or trans fats
- Animal welfare standards are met
- No endangered fish
- Minimum 75% dishes are freshly prepared
- Training is provided for staff
- Free drinking water is available
- Nutritional standards for sector are met
- Menus meet dietary and cultural needs of customers
- Positive marketing about where ingredients have come from
- Seasonal ingredients are used and highlighted 


Standards for silver and gold award holders

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Caterers are awarded points for sourcing higher welfare, ethically produced ingredients, such as Free Range, organic, MSC, Fairtrade, Leaf marque and RSPCA assured Caterers are awarded points for sourcing local produce, produce from the local region and from the UK Caterers are awarded points for taking steps to make healthy eating easier for customers, such as by reducing salt and sugar, introducing pulses and vegetables to menus and using wholegrain ingredients.

"The Food for Life Served Here Award helps us explain to our members and supporters how, as a food business, we’re different."Matt Drew (Head of Food and Beverage, National Trust)

1.8 million meals are served each day that meet our standards

"Students nowadays are looking for healthier eating, value for money and ethically sourced foods. Food for Life Served Here shows our customers how much we are doing to make their time at the University as productive and healthy as we can"Kevin Taylor (Stores and Procurement Officer, Edge Hill University)