Lancaster makes Food for Life history

Lancaster is the first university in the country to be awarded two prestigious Gold ‘Food for Life’ Catering Marks

As part of Lancaster University’s commitment to serving quality, locally sourced, sustainable food, the Soil Association has awarded its restaurants, Café 21 and The Lounge, the Gold ‘Food for Life’ Catering Mark for serving fresh and healthy meals using local and organic ingredients.  

The University strives to provide great quality food for all of its students, staff and visitors and is aware that food production and consumption can have major effects on the environment, as well as social, health and ethical consequences.

Lancaster’s food strategy ensures the University is dedicated to reducing negative impacts as far as possible and recognises the importance of working closely with local suppliers and supply chains. The allotment on the campus also provides the University with additional fresh ingredients and herbs.  

Julian Ankers, Executive Chef at Lancaster University said: “Our students, staff and visitors are increasingly interested in where their food comes from and where it is produced. The Gold ‘Food for Life’ Catering Mark guarantees that all the issues have been taken care of – health, climate change and animal welfare. 

“It also recognises the use of fresh, seasonal, local and organic ingredients. This is something we have worked hard to do with our local suppliers including; Plumgarths Farm Shop in the Lake District, Lune Valley Smokehouse near Carnforth, Dewlay Cheesemakers in Garstang and J.Atkinson & Co of Lancaster so we’d like to thank them for their help in us achieving this standard.” 

In addition to being awarded two Gold Catering Marks, Lancaster University has achieved Silver and Bronze Catering Marks in four other campus food outlets as well as at the Pre-School Centre. 

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