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17 Feb 2014

Caterers at Whitgift House Care Home are celebrating this week after receiving a top award for their high quality meals.

Pride Catering was awarded the Soil Association’s Gold Food for Life Catering Mark for serving fresh and healthy meals made with local and organic ingredients to residents.

The Gold Catering Mark is the first of its kind ever to be awarded to a care home in the UK.

Staff and residents packed out the home’s Community Room to watch the presentation of the award by the Mayor of Croydon, Cllr Yvette Hopley, at a special ceremony held on Wednesday 5 February.

Pride’s team of chefs currently serve up around 100 meals per day at Whitgift House to staff, residents and also to the home’s popular weekday lunch club open to retired residents in the local community.

In order to receive the award, Pride’s menus were changed to reflect the seasons and locality of produce.

All meat, fruit, vegetables and eggs supplied are now organic, free range and sourced from farms in the South of England:

• Local suppliers include Rother Valley Organics, Rogate, Hampshire, who supply beef and CMB butchers, Lingfield, who supply free range chickens and outdoor reared pork.

• Pride’s green grocer, Foodari, is based in Ashford and all seasonal produce is from farms in the Kent area. Vans deliver the grocery in the morning and on the way back to the farm they collect the produce ready to be delivered for the next day.

Dorothy, full nursing care resident at Whitgift House, commented: “I think the food is excellent. We have a lovely, varied selection of good quality food which is served very well.’

Whilst resident, George, full nursing care resident, said: “Well cooked, well presented and a very good variety.”