Sodexo has been awarded the Bronze Food for Life Catering Mark for its children's menu at St Mary's Hospital in London.
Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust and Sodexo introduced a new kitchen last autumn to serve the paediatric ward.
Children are now able to choose from a wider range of dishes, freshly prepared on site by Sodexo chefs. The kitchen also caters for children who arrive late on the ward or who are attending an appointment elsewhere in the hospital.
The Food for Life Catering Mark is awarded to food providers by the Soil Association as an independent endorsement of the provenance and sustainability of the food they provide.
Stephen Beeny, contract director for Imperial at Sodexo, said: "We are really pleased to be awarded the Catering Mark. This is a great endorsement of the work of our teams at St Mary's Hospital, who are committed to providing high quality, fresh food to our young patients. We are now working towards enhancing the menu even further, to aim for silver standard."
Sodexo has worked with Imperial College Healthcare Trust since autumn 2014, delivering patient dining, cleaning, portering, retail and private patient services across its five hospitals in London. Imperial College Healthcare NHS Trust is one of the largest NHS trusts in the country, providing services to over one million patients a year. The five hospitals include Queen Charlotte's & Chelsea Hospital, Hammersmith Hospital, Charing Cross Hospital, St Mary's Hospital and the Western Eye Hospital.