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Press Release: Love British Food joins forces with the Hospital Caterers Association to Bring Home the Harvest

Press Release: Love British Food joins forces with the Hospital Caterers Association to Bring Home the Harvest

Autumn 2014 marks the return of the Bring Home the Harvest campaign for British Food Fortnight, which runs from 20 September to 5 October, and this year, the Hospital Caterers Association is encouraging its Members to get involved.

The two organisations have joined forces to release a comprehensive guide for Hospital Caterers, which is packed with tips and ideas for taking part, has sections on sourcing locally and seasonally, suggestions for recipes and children’s activities, plus ways to involve the whole hospital community in harvest activities.

The Hospital Caterers Association is a hub for nutrition and catering advice and best practice for the trade. It champions the sourcing and use of local and seasonal food in hospital meals and as well as British Food Fortnight, supports campaigns such as the NHS sustainability day, Nutrition & Hydration Week and James Martin’s Operation Hospital Food.

Andy Jones, National Chair of the Hospital Caterers Association says, “We are delighted to be working with Love British Food to promote activities during British Food Fortnight. The two weeks are a great reminder for caterers and their suppliers that they should think about incorporating local and seasonal produce into their cooking.

By making small changes to purchasing patterns and menus, we can make a big difference to the quality of healthcare catering in the long term.

British Food Fortnight is the largest showcase of British food on the national calendar, and its Bring Home the Harvest campaign encourages hospitals, retailers, producers, schools, young people and all other sectors of the community to take part by organising activities which celebrate British food and the harvest."

Jones continues, "This shows how the HCA is building on the Hospital Food Plan and how the HCA and Love British Food have already started to address some of the recommendations made. Plus I have already called for ALL HCA Members to change their menus to use fresh fruit and vegetables as a minimum."

Love British Food Founder, Alexia Robinson adds, “Following the tremendous response to last year’s Bring Home the Harvest campaign, we are inviting Hospital Caterers to join us. It is so important for everyone, no matter where they are, to have access to wholesome food, and how better to do this than through a fun national promotion that gets everyone involved.”

Other initiatives happening during British Food Fortnight include a challenge to find the community and the group of young people who organise the most imaginative and inclusive harvest celebration; a fun social media campaign; and the National Harvest Service, in Birmingham Cathedral. Further details and entry forms are at British Food Fortnight and the Bring Home the Harvest campaign are sponsored by Tesco and Aramark and supported by a large family of organisations of which HCA is a leading participant.

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Notes to Editors:

The Bring Home the Harvest Campaign is sponsored by Tesco Plc. It is part of British Food Fortnight which is sponsored by ARAMARK and a large family of organisations led by Centreplate, Enterprise Inns, Cucina Restaurants, Hallmark Care Homes, and Whiting and Hammond.

Founded over 60 years ago, the Hospital Caterers Association (HCA) was one of the first professional associations to be formed within the National Health Service. It represents almost 400 senior health care catering managers and dietitians who provide a wide range of food services for patients, visitors and staff in NHS hospitals and health care facilities nationwide. With over 250 NHS hospitals represented in its Membership and 16 HCA Branches throughout the UK, the HCA network is the single largest group of health care catering providers within the NHS.

With more than 300 million meals served every year and around £500 million spent on food annually by around 300 NHS Trust across approximately 1,200 hospitals, the NHS is the UK catering industry’s largest provider of meals. The HCA’s network of Members is responsible for the jobs of 35,000 people, 80% of which are hospital chefs and kitchen based staff. Among its Associate Membership are over 100 suppliers who are responsible for the provision of millions of pounds worth of food, beverages, services and equipment to the hospital catering sector.

The Bring Home the Harvest Guide for Hospital Caterers is available to download here.

British Food Fortnight posters and bunting are available to download here.

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