City of Edinburgh Council is one of the Capital’s largest organisations and is a supporter of the Edible Edinburgh Charter.
Laura Nisbet, Development Officer for Food and Health at City of Edinburgh Council sets out why:
“We deliver in the region of 3.5 million school meals annually. Good food is important to us; there are few things more important than helping children eat well because it allows them to grow well and learn well.
“We support the Edible Edinburgh charter because improving school meals and encouraging our young people to make healthier choices helps ensure a brighter future for Edinburgh’s young people and the health and wellbeing of our communities. Using local and more sustainable foods also supports our local economy and in the longer term helps the natural world to thrive. As well as sourcing healthy and sustainable food we aim to link up what is served in our schools with food education to help transform food culture in Edinburgh.
“We want everyone in Edinburgh to know about our commitment to good food. Continuing to hold the bronze Food For Life catering mark in all our schools demonstrates our commitment to serve fresh food using seasonal menus which are free from undesirable additives and trans fats and use meat that complies with UK welfare standards. We help food providers boost the health, economic and environmental benefits of the food they serve and together we are helping Scotland become a Good Food Nation.”