Interserve FM Archive

29 October 2020

Autograph Food wins top accolade for dishing up tasty vegetables to children

Interserve’s catering business Autograph Food has won an award presented by the Food Foundation for increasing the quantity of vegetables served to school children across the UK.

Autograph Food, which is part of Interserve Group Limited, delivers best-in-class catering services to clients including businesses, the Armed Forces, schools and hospitals.

Autograph pledged to increase the quantity of vegetable portions provided in school meals supplied as part of a commitment it made to the Food Foundation’s Peas Please campaign. The Food Foundation is an independent organisation dedicated to improving access to a healthy diet and launched Peas Please three-years-ago to increase vegetable availability and consumption.

Autograph has not only met the target of including at least two portions of vegetables per meal supplied to Primary schools – it has exceeded it.

The award was announced via a virtual ceremony last week and stated that Autograph has increased vegetables consumption on its contracts, which includes more than 200 schools, by more than any other firm assessed since the awards were launched in 2017. Tasty treats served up by the team include pasta dishes, salad, homemade ketchup and coconut and parsnip flapjacks.

Hannah Baugh, Company Nutritionist, Autograph, said: “I am delighted that we have won this prestigious award, beating off competition from leading supermarkets, because it illustrates just how seriously we take nutrition and the food we serve our children. “With adults eating only three and a half portions of fruit and vegetables a day; and children just two portions daily, it’s vital we do our bit to get vegetables into the meals children eat.

“Food preferences and eating habits are created during childhood, so the more we can get children to eat and enjoy vegetables in their school meals, the more it can help to instil healthy eating habits.”

During the Food Foundation’s event Hannah was also invited as a panellist to describe how Interserve is proving that serving healthy food makes good business sense because schools, parents – and most importantly – children can all see the benefits.

Notes to editors

Interserve Facilities Management was a part of the Interserve Group and was acquired by Mitie on 30 November 2020.