Good Food for London 2013: new report launched

24 October 2013

24 out of 33 Boroughs are now serving fresh, trustworthy and healthy food in schools.

A new report published in October 2013 highlights London Boroughs who are leading the way in promoting healthy and sustainable food within their schools and communities.

Now in its third year, the ‘Good Food for London 2013’ report compares each London Borough’s commitment to good food initiatives, such as improving the quality of school food through the Soil Association’s Food for Life Catering Mark, supporting community food growing or achieving Fairtrade status.

Since the 2011 edition of the report - which showcased 17 out of 33 Boroughs serving meals to Catering Mark Standards - significant progress has been made. There are now 24 Boroughs providing Bronze, Silver or Gold Catering Mark meals in their schools, between them serving over 250,000 meals which meet high standards of traceability, provenance and freshness to school children each day.

Following the launch of the School Food Plan, the report reinforces the changes which are currently taking place in school food.

The Soil Association-led Food for Life Partnership has been working closely with Local Authorities for 10 years to embed good food and food education in schools. A core part of this work is the provision of fresh, traceable meals through the Food for Life Catering Mark - advocated in the School Food Plan as the standard for which caterers should be aiming.

The London Boroughs of Merton and Islington were shown to be leading by example - achieving high points for their participation in a number of good food schemes – and were jointly named as London’s top ‘Good Food Boroughs’. Merton is the third London Borough to achieve Gold through contract caterer ISS Education, and schools in Islington are receiving Silver Catering Mark Standard meals through Caterlink.

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