The Soil Association has presented Interserve with a Food for Life Served Here bronze accreditation for serving healthy meals at University Hospital Lewisham. The accreditation recognises caterers who are serving food that meets standards including freshly prepared, seasonal and local.
Patients and visitors can expect meals that use better meat, responsibly sourced fish and locally sourced ingredients.
The Lewisham hospital serves 1,800 meals per day to patients and visitors. New additions to the menu include Jerk Chicken which is proving to be a hit.
Achieving the award is an accomplishment two years in the making, and the process has seen Interserve overhaul their menus with help from a dietician as well as the expert team at Food for Life.
David Persaud, Food for Life Served Here Development Manager, said, “Hospitals have to cater for patients on tight budgets, so for Lewisham to achieve our standards within budget is a triumph. Interserve should be proud of what they’ve achieved.”
Nuno Matias, Catering Manager at Interserve, said, “It was an amazing feeling getting the call to say we’d achieved our Food for Life Served Here award.
It’s so much easier to create healthy menus now that we know what the standards are. The training from Food for Life Served Here helped us to make sure that the food we’re serving is fresh, tasty and honest.”
University Hospital Lewisham Patients and visitors can be reassured that food on the menu in Food for Life Served Here accredited hospitals are minimum 75% freshly prepared and made from ingredients that are fresh, local and honest.
Ian Nutt, Associate Director at Food for Life, says: “Food for Life Served Here caterers are leading the way in improving food culture. Achieving a Food for Life Served Here Award is a fantastic accomplishment and a true reflection of a caterers’ commitment to serving meals that are nutritious as well as tasty.”