Riverside Catering cooks up a storm!

Published Monday, 4th February 2019
Riverside Catering awarded Food for Life bronze award
Riverside Catering awarded the Food for Life Bronze certification.

Rotherham Council’s Riverside Catering, which supplies meals across primary schools in Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield, has achieved Bronze Certification under the Food for Life Served Here award.

With studies showing that almost four million children are too poor to have a healthy diet it is increasingly vital that children are eating healthy meals in school. The Food for Life Served Here Award from the Soil Association recognises caterers who are serving meals that go beyond meeting the School Food Standards and ensure that children are being served healthy, nutritious meals.
Food for Life Served Here provides independent endorsement that Riverside Catering is meeting the school food standards by serving food prepared from fresh, sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.
Parents can be reassured that meals served to pupils in Food for Life Served Here accredited schools are minimum 75% freshly prepared and made from ingredients that are fresh, local and honest. 
Riverside Catering supplies meals across 66 primary schools in Rotherham, Doncaster and Sheffield. Current menu choices include: meat and potato pie; cheese and tomato pizza; jacket potato with tuna mayonnaise; seasonal vegetables; diced potatoes; unlimited salad bar; fruit crumble and custard; cupcake; fresh fruit salad; yoghurt; milk.
A presentation took place at Anston Hillcrest School on Friday 25 January, when the school, on behalf of the Council, was presented with an award certificate by Caron Longdon of the Soil Association Food for Life campaign. 
Cllr Gordon Watson, Deputy Leader and Cabinet Member for Children and Young People’s Services at Rotherham Council said: “Congratulations to everyone at Riverside Catering on the hard work they put in to achieving this standard – and especially Miss Bradshaw and the team of cooks at Anston Hillcrest, who underwent the inspection last year. The award is a real testament to Riverside Catering’s commitment to serving healthy food, from sustainable and locally sourced ingredients.” 
Ian Nutt, Head of Development at Food for Life, said: "Food for Life Served Here caterers are leading the way in improving food culture in schools. Achieving a Food for Life Served Here Award is a fantastic accomplishment and a true reflection of a caterers’ commitment to serving school meals that are nutritious as well as tasty. We know that good food is a crucial part of the school day and with fresh, healthy meals being served, students are equipped with the fuel they need for their learning and development." 

Pictured at the presentation are (from left): Paul Woodcock, Rotherham Council's Acting Strategic Director for Regeneration and Environment, Caron Longdon from the Soil Association’s Food for Life campaign, Anston Hillcrest’s Cook in Charge Vicky Bradshaw and Deputy Head-teacher, Mrs Stephanie Mander.

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