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The Value Of Food for Life Served Here

The Value Of Food for Life Served Here

Value for money:

Your Food for Life Served Here fees cover many things, including pre-inspection evaluation and resources, guidance and support, the inspection itself, marketing and other business tools, and access to a network of suppliers trained to understand your needs.

Meeting the criteria to source more sustainably, many caterers find they are actually able to reduce costs, or improve their offering considerably without seeing an increase in the amount they spend.

"Switching to Farm Assured meat did increase our spend, but only by 1p per meal, and it’s worth it to know that we’re serving meat from farms with good standards of animal welfare."

- Gary Wilkins, Head of Catering, North Bristol NHS Trust (1,900 Silver Food for Life Served Here patient meals daily)


"We’ve seen cost reductions in some areas, and as more people support projects like this, costs of producing well-sourced food will continue to fall."

- Kevin Wollaston, Head Chef, Care UK, Shepton Mallet NHS Treatment Centre (120 Gold Food for Life Served Here patient meals served daily, plus staff and visitor food daily)


"By achieving [the Food for Life Served Here Award,] the Catering Department is proving that it's possible to serve good food at cost. We are seeing the multiple benefits this provides to patients, staff, visitors and hospital budgets."

- Emma Wilson, Head of Catering, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (5,000 Bronze Food for Life Served Here patients, staff and visitors meals daily)


"77% of NUH's raw ingredient spend is now on local ingredients…switching to local suppliers has been cost neutral and allowed the Trust to invest £2m per year in local sustainable businesses."

- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (6,500 Gold Food for Life Served Here patients, staff and visitors meals daily)


"The team have worked hard to mitigate [cost] increases, for example: the cost increases of using organic milk have been offset by a new system to reduce food waste. This means that NUH is able to supply patients, staff and visitors with high quality meals at an ingredient cost price of £4.53 per patient, per day – this includes breakfast, lunch, supper snacks and seven beverages each day. NUH operates below the national average for patient day costs."

- Nottingham University Hospitals NHS Trust (6,500 Gold Food for Life Served Here patients, staff and visitors meals daily)

 

Social investment:

The quality of food served says a lot about an organisation and this is particularly true of hospitals. Serving freshly prepared and locally sourced food demonstrates a commitment to your constituents. For every £1 invested in Silver and Gold Food for Life Served Here menus, there is a local social return on investment of over £3, mostly in the form of jobs and opportunities for local food producers [2011, New Economic Foundation/University of the West of England].

"It’s something tangible to show just how important providing improved patient meals is for us…and we feel we are really contributing to the local economy and feeding back to our community."

- Gary Wilkins, Head of Catering, North Bristol NHS Trust (1,900 Silver Food for Life Served Here patient meals daily)


"Food for Life Served Here reinforces the importance of providing fresh, high quality, traceable food to patients and staff, much of which has been sourced locally and is contributing to the regional economy."

- Emma Wilson, Head of Catering, Sheffield Teaching Hospital NHS Foundation Trust (5000 Bronze Food for Life Served Here patients, staff and visitors meals daily)

 

Benefits to local suppliers:

Using local suppliers can reduce costs (your Business Development Manager will be able to give you examples of how) and support local business and industry, usually in the form of increased revenue and job opportunities.

"We are proud to be involved with the growth of the Food for Life Served Here through our supply to the hospital. It has helped connect us with local caterers so that together we can improve the quality of the food served and really make a difference in our area."

- John Cottrell, Gundenham Dairy, Wellington, Somerset (supplies North Bristol NHS Trust with 412,800 pints of milk a year)

 

Meeting CQUIN goals:

The Food for Life Served Here provides evidence for meeting policy goals on improving hospital food, e.g. CQUIN in England.

"For Calderdale Hospital, the passion to improve food in retail outlets was part of a commitment to achieve NHS England and local CQUIN295 goals for quality and innovation in raising food standards."

- ISS Mediclean (Healthcare) at Calderdale Hospital (200 Bronze Food for Life Served Here staff and visitors meals daily)

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