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Harrison Achieves First Gold Food for Life Catering Mark
Headteacher Richard Brown receives The Urswick School’s gold Food for Life Catering Mark certificate from Gareth Harrison.
Harrison Catering Services has achieved its first gold Food for Life Catering Mark for serving meals prepared using fresh, local and organic ingredients at The Urswick School in Hackney.
With the school now offering a free school lunch every day to every student in years 7 to 11, all 750 pupils have the opportunity to enjoy a school meal made with at least 15 per cent organic ingredients, as well as ingredients produced locally and within the UK.
Gareth Harrison, Joint Managing Director of Harrison Catering Services, commented: ‘We’ve always been committed to serving fantastic food made from responsibly- and locally-sourced, fresh ingredients. At The Urswick School, we have a true partner in Headteacher Richard Brown, whose commitment to feeding pupils healthier meals matches our own. We’re delighted that our efforts have been recognised with our first gold Food for Life Catering Mark.’
Headteacher Richard Brown said: ‘This award is testimony to the high quality food served by Harrison Catering Services every day in our canteen. Learning can only be enhanced if children eat healthily and enjoy doing so.’
To achieve the gold standard, Harrison has built upon its experience gaining and maintaining the bronze Catering Mark for the 264 schools it serves in the London Boroughs of Bexley, Ealing, Lambeth, Wandsworth and Southwark—representing nearly a third of all London schools whose catering is Soil Association approved. The company continues to work towards achieving more Catering Marks across its business.
With more and more people wanting to know where their food comes from and how it is produced, the Catering Mark, which is sponsored by the Soil Association, provides a guarantee that issues of health, climate change and animal welfare have been addressed by the food provider. Customers can tuck in with a clear conscience, knowing that their meals have been prepared using fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients.
Explaining the importance of the Catering Mark, Rob Sexton, Chief Executive of Soil Association Certification, said: ‘The gold Catering Mark is a fantastic achievement on this scale, so it’s brilliant to see Harrison Catering Services gaining recognition for serving great fresh meals made with seasonal, local and organic ingredients. Serving menus to gold Catering Mark standards can significantly reduce carbon emissions and supports local businesses, so this is a win-win for planet-friendly food and the local economy.’