St Andrew’s receives silver award for patient food

Thursday 11 Sep 2014

This image shows the St Andrew's Hotel Services team.

St Andrew’s Northampton is the first independent mental health provider to achieve the Soil Association’s Silver Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh, healthy meals to patients - made with local, seasonal and organic ingredients. This is the first year that St Andrew’s have submitted an entry for this award so to receive the silver accolade is a fantastic achievement.

The award recognises that the patients at St Andrew’s are eating food prepared with the freshest ingredients. The Food for Life Catering Mark recognises food providers who prepare meals which meet high standards of traceability, freshness and provenance. The Silver Catering Mark means that at least 5 per cent of total ingredient spend is on organic ingredients, and that menus make use of ingredients produced locally and in the UK. 67 per cent of St Andrew’s raw ingredient spend is now on local ingredients which also provides environmental benefits and ensures the highest possible standards of animal welfare.

Gareth Waters, Head of Restaurants and Catering for St Andrew’s, says: ‘‘Becoming the first independent mental health provider in the country to achieve this prestigious award is an outstanding achievement and testament to the hard work and commitment of our catering team. We are committed to sourcing ingredients locally to ensure we get the freshest seasonal produce for our patients. Good nutrition is an important part of our patients' recovery and as such remains a priority for us at St Andrew’s.’’

The Soil Association’s Silver Food for Life Award contributes to a great year for St Andrew’s after also being awarded Hospitality Assured’s Premier Status and Team of the Year 2014.