Further and Higher Education

Improving sustainability through healthy food and innovation

Students are becoming more and more concerned about where their food comes from. The Food for Life Served Here award demonstrates a commitment from Universities that they are providing ethical, sustainable and healthier food options for their students, staff and visitors.

Universities and colleges are in a unique position, providing environmentally friendly food to a receptive audience reinforces a longer-term change in buying and eating habits. This independently inspected accreditation is a recognised framework to bench-mark businesses and work out improvements, allowing for incremental changes. It is a shortcut to meeting CSR, health and wellbeing targets, by serving more fresh, honest and local food, working in partnership with ourselves, the UK’s leading charity working on food and farming issues.

Tractor  Sustainability

  • Linking sustainability and food in a pioneering and meaningful way proving a commitment to ethical consumerism.
  • Reducing the overall environmental impact of your company by reducing impact of the food served on your plate
  • Championing local food producers and contributing to your local economy
  • See a social return on investment of over £3 for every £1 spent, mostly in the form of increased jobs and opportunities for local food producers
  • Many universities are using Food for Life Served Here as a visible and effective part of their campus-wide sustainability strategies, improving their environmental credentials and attracting students too.

Heart  Health

Meeting the gold Food for Life Served Here Standards could mean:

  • Increasing productivity - Students who are in good health are likely to be more productive 
  • Reducing the risk of type II diabetes and chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers
  • Exceeding industry norms by distinguishing your organisation from other institutions
  • Connecting your organisational values to students’ personal values

  Tractor  Sustainability

  • Linking sustainability and food in a pioneering and meaningful way proving a commitment to ethical consumerism.
  • Reducing the overall environmental impact of your company by reducing impact of the food served on your plate
  • Championing local food producers and contributing to your local economy
  • See a social return on investment of over £3 for every £1 spent, mostly in the form of increased jobs and opportunities for local food producers


Heart  Health

Employers have a legal responsibility to support the health and wellbeing of their staff as part of their health and safety duties. This should be recognised as an opportunity for a business to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff and improve the performance of their organisation. Healthy employees drive a healthy business.

The cost of an unhealthy workforce to the UK taxpayer has been estimated at over £60bn/year [Public Health England] and it is well established that a lack of physical activity and poor diet are among the top ten causes of ill health, as outlined by a report from the Chief Medical Officer. Employees are more likely to make healthier choices about physical activity and diet if they feel supported by their employer. Physical health is inextricably linked to mental health, it is estimated 12.5 million workdays per year are lost because of mental health problems [HSE] and UK employers spend up to £3.1bn/year replacing staff who leave because of poor mental health [Centre for Mental Health]. By encouraging a work culture that promotes healthier food choices you can impact on employee’s lifestyle choices. 

Meeting the gold Food for Life Served Here Standards could mean:

  • Boosting staff wellbeing by serving more fresh food and making healthy eating easier
  • Reducing absenteeism – Employees who are in good health are less likely to need time off work
  • Increasing productivity – Employees who are in good health are likely to be more productive 
  • Reducing the risk of type II diabetes 
  • Reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers
  • Exceeding industry norms by distinguishing your organisation from other employers
  • Connecting your organisational values to employees’ personal values


Thumbs Up  Business

  • Increase food sales by providing more appetising, freshly prepared meals for staff
  • Keep control of cost: Many caterers report that improving quality doesn’t necessarily increase costs. Making more food from scratch and buying from the Food for Life Served Here Supplier Scheme members can actually save money.

  Tractor  Sustainability

  • Linking sustainability and food in a pioneering and meaningful way proving a commitment to ethical consumerism.
  • Reducing the overall environmental impact of your company by reducing impact of the food served on your plate
  • Championing local food producers and contributing to your local economy
  • See a social return on investment of over £3 for every £1 spent, mostly in the form of increased jobs and opportunities for local food producers


Heart  Health

Employers have a legal responsibility to support the health and wellbeing of their staff as part of their health and safety duties. This should be recognised as an opportunity for a business to improve the health and wellbeing of their staff and improve the performance of their organisation. Healthy employees drive a healthy business.

The cost of an unhealthy workforce to the UK taxpayer has been estimated at over £60bn/year [Public Health England] and it is well established that a lack of physical activity and poor diet are among the top ten causes of ill health, as outlined by a report from the Chief Medical Officer. Employees are more likely to make healthier choices about physical activity and diet if they feel supported by their employer. Physical health is inextricably linked to mental health, it is estimated 12.5 million workdays per year are lost because of mental health problems [HSE] and UK employers spend up to £3.1bn/year replacing staff who leave because of poor mental health [Centre for Mental Health]. By encouraging a work culture that promotes healthier food choices you can impact on employee’s lifestyle choices. 

Meeting the gold Food for Life Served Here Standards could mean:

  • Boosting staff wellbeing by serving more fresh food and making healthy eating easier
  • Reducing absenteeism – Employees who are in good health are less likely to need time off work
  • Increasing productivity – Employees who are in good health are likely to be more productive 
  • Reducing the risk of type II diabetes 
  • Reducing the risk of chronic diseases such as heart disease, stroke and some cancers
  • Exceeding industry norms by distinguishing your organisation from other employers
  • Connecting your organisational values to employees’ personal values


Thumbs Up  Business

  • Increase food sales by providing more appetising, freshly prepared meals for staff
  • Keep control of cost: Many caterers report that improving quality doesn’t necessarily increase costs. Making more food from scratch and buying from the Food for Life Served Here Supplier Scheme members can actually save money.

"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)