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The Soil Association


In 2011, Food for Thought was awarded the Soil Association's Silver Award for its use of locally sourced organic produce.


In 2012, and again in 2013, the company was proud to achieve the prestigious Gold Standard Award.  This highlights our commitment to very high standards of food sourcing by local producers:  


  • Hannah Food Ltd. in Skelmersdale for dry goods, frozen food, fruit and vegetables 
  • Cook's of Rainford supplying our locally sourced meat
  • Coultons Bread of Liverpool provide us with fresh bread daily  


We also source fresh, organic produce from our growing partner the YMCA at Dutch Farm in Speke, Liverpool. FFT are also founding members of the Liverpool Food Alliance in 2009 along with Squash Nutrition and the YMCA. We are also work closely with Claremont Farm and as part of the Liverpool Food People. We also support the work of the Food Domain.


We use organic produce, locally sourced whenever possible and we work very closely with all suppliers to ensure  organic, free-range and sustainable food stocks are available to all our school kitchens.

Our service to schools


Food for Thought works hard to consistently raise the standards of quality and presentation in all kitchens. Unlike any other school meals' company, FFT Ltd does not impose any rigid levels of portion control - pupils are allowed to choose the quantity of food they feel they need. In this way, we focus our meals' service on the needs of pupils themselves.

In many of our schools this could be the only freshly cooked,

hot meal choice they have each day.               

Food for Thought Merseyside Ltd. is a unique 'not for profit' school meals company that is owned and managed  by all its partner schools. Any of our Headteachers can become Directors of the Company if they wish. Any financial surplus created is returned to all our schools or reinvested in the company.


The background of Food for Thought


Food for Thought was established in 2003 by a group of six local Headteachers who had become disillusioned with the poor quality of food served in their schools.  Working on an initiative to improve educational achievement, the Headteachers were linked with the local Sure Start programme, the local NHS/PCT and a number of local community groups to look at how to provide healthy school meals at an affordable price.  


With initial local authority financial support, FFT became a reality and continues to work today to provide a high quality meals' service to its schools.


Our service to schools


Food for Thought serves over 50,000 meals each month in its twenty schools in Liverpool.  For the last two years, having achieved the Soil Association's Gold Award, all our kitchens serve, in the main, free range and locally sourced meat, fish, fruit and vegetables.  We are very proud of the fact that we are the only school meals' company in Liverpool to achieve this prestigious standard in the quality and sustainability of food we use in all our kitchens.


Food for Thought supports the local community whenever possible


Food For Thought are proud supporters of the Linda McCartney national "Meat Free Monday" campaign and has links with a number of other local groups:  Squash Nutrition, LCC Green Team, NHS and the YMCA.


Food for Thought is also proud to support Liverpool's Fare Share Charity which is helping to provide Breakfast Clubs in some of our schools.  


Come and join us!






We are very proud of our partnership with the Liverpool FareShare Charity who are helping us provide breakfast clubs in many school where food-poverty is becoming an increasingly challenging problem.
FFT Ltd. use organic, locally sourced apples in all its kitchens wherever possible