The Food for Life Served Here award is a widely respected and independently assessed scheme, funded by the Scottish Government, which supports local authorities to source more Scottish food for school meals so that children benefit from freshly prepared, sustainable food.
Through the Food for Life Served Here award, the programme recognises and rewards councils that serve food made from fresh ingredients, free from genetically modified ingredients and undesirable additives, using free-range eggs and high-welfare meat.
Locally sourced school dinners
To date, Stirling Council have served up more than 4 million Food for Life school meals. They serve 3,600 Food for Life accredited meals a day across their 37 certified primary schools and 6 certified nurseries.
The council offers a three-week menu cycle with hot and cold meals to suit every taste. Pupils are now enjoying healthy and locally sourced school dinners such as seaside-style salmon fillets with green salad, meatballs with tomato sauce and spaghetti, and savoury rice with homemade BBQ sauce.
Stirling Council gained the Food for Life Served Here Bronze Award in 2012, and celebrated upgrading to Silver in 2014. Food for Life Served Here Silver award holders spend at least 5% of their ingredient budget on organic produce, as well as gaining points for taking steps to making healthy eating easier and sourcing food produced in Scotland.
Stirling Council Catering and Cleaning Manager, Janice Fanning, said: “We are dedicated to providing appetising, delicious and nutritious meals for our school children. We’re very proud of our schools catering service, who do a great job preparing healthy meals across the school estate.
“Our menus offer meals which are freshly prepared, using sustainable, seasonal ingredients and I’m sure parents will be pleased to know their children are getting such healthy, nutritious food.”
Stirling Council Chief Education Officer, Kevin Kelman, said: “Council officers have also done an outstanding job of linking the school meals services to the Curriculum for Excellence, which helps ensure our youngsters have a greater awareness of where food comes from and how it is prepared.”
Sarah Duley, Head of Food at Soil Association Scotland, said: “Huge congratulations to Stirling Council on their fantastic achievement in renewing their Food for Life Served Here Silver Award. Receiving the award is a testament to the hard work and dedication of everyone involved, from catering staff to Councillors, who are supporting local suppliers and providing fresh and healthy school meals. We’re delighted to celebrate their success.”