Application Support and Resources for Caterers

We have a range of resources below to help caterers achieve the Food for Life Served Here award. If you don't see something you need, please get in touch or visit our frequently asked question's page.

Support from the Food for Life Team

We offer a range of support to caterers to help achieve the Food for Life Served Here award, including benchmarking, progress review, staff training, marketing support and bespoke packages to promote meal uptake.Caterers using our benchmarking option achieve the award 7 weeks sooner than those who don't and typically receive 34% fewer non-compliances on inspection.

Points Calculator

Use the Food for Life Served Here points calculator to see where you are scoring points to help achieve the award at silver and gold.

Food for Life Served Here Supplier Scheme

Our supplier scheme links caterers to suppliers who can help them achieve Food for Life Served Here. Members of the Supplier Scheme receive training about how to support caterers through the award inspection process and renewal. Working with a Supplier scheme members is very beneficial as they can help with audit trails and inspections, they can supply compliant products, even source or develop new lines that meet the Food for Life Served Here standards. The Supplier Scheme can help connect caterers with local producers, as well as national suppliers, saving caterers money and time. Find a supplier on the Food for Life Served Here Supplier Scheme pages of the Soil Association's website. 

Marketing Resources

We encourage our award holders to market their achievements by putting our logo onto menus, websites and shouting about it on social media. We offer support from our expert marketing team. Once caterers are awarded, we will share our free caterer toolkit, with a template press release, suggested social media posts and wording to use on websites and newsletters. Certification officer's will share our logo to download, as well as posters, postcards and table talkers. Get in touch and we will share our resources and logos, or we can recommend a printer for you. Why not hold a celebration hour to celebrate your success?

Supplier Declarations

Download our supplier declaration templates for fish, meat, GM ingredients, eggs and additives and trans fats.

Eggs

Download our handy resource for catering teams and customers on how to identify different types of egg. We asked London School of Economic's to tell us how they managed costs from using barn eggs to organic, read their story here.

Using High Welfare Meat and Meat Free Days

Take a look at our tips and recipes from some of our award holders on our blog.

Resources

Tomato  Red Tractor

Red Tractor is a farm and food assurance scheme that provides traceable, safe food. Find out more.

Fish  Marine Conservation Society

The MCS regularly update their list of endangered fish to avoid and fish to eat. At silver and gold you can score points for using Marine Stewardship Council (MSC) certified fish.

School  Organic

All organic food is fully traceable from farm to fork, so you can be sure of what you’re eating. Find out more

Heart LEAF

The LEAF Marque is an environmental assurance system recognising more sustainably farmed products. Find out more.

Tractor  RSPCA Assured

RSPCA Assured products have been assessed to the RSPCA's farm animal welfare standards. Find out more.

Thumbs Up Fair Trade

Fair Trade products help caterers gain points at Silver and Gold. Find out more.

Tomato  Real Bread Campaign

Real bread has nothing to hide. Read the full definition on the Real Bread Campaign website.

Chicken  WRAP

Waste and Resources Action Plan work with businesses, individuals and communities to help them reduce waste, develop sustainable products and use resources efficiently. Utilise their free Your Business is Food toolkit to monitor food waste.