Milestones Trust’s 2A Court Road care home in Bristol has scooped a top award for providing healthy and stable food.
The service, which offers care for 15 residents with learning disabilities in three self contained houses, has received the Soil Association’s gold level Food for Life Served Here award for offering “fresh, local and honest” food.
Amber Torr, Team Leader at 2A Court Road, said: “We recognise that eating and enjoying great food is a vital ingredient in ensuring our residents have the best possible quality of life.
“Since we achieved our bronze award, we have further improved our approach to food. We now use only organic chicken, pork and beef mince, organic milk, sustainable fish and seasonal vegetables in our cooking. Our residents are involved in planning the menu and sharing ideas, and we have also started growing vegetables in our garden.”
The Food for Life Served Here award is an inspected scheme run by the Soil Association and is an independent endorsement of food quality.
Milestone Trust has adopted a ‘Good Food’ programme which commits it to providing food that is tasty, healthy, presentable, easy to eat, easy to digest and affordable.
The Trust has developed a bespoke training course for care home cooks with the Square Food Foundation, a Bristol based charity cookery school and community kitchen, which aims to become a UK accredited qualification for care home cooks.
The course includes methods and principles of cooking from scratch and menu planning.