©Xavier Remongin/Min.agri.fr Meal in the Cafeteria of Saint-Fargeau-Pont-Thierry

The French Ministry of Agriculture along with the French Ministry of Health and Social Affairs launched a national charter aiming to promote responsible and sustainable food in establishments like nursing homes and homes for people with disabilities.

The medical-social establishments that commit to this charter pledge to offer healthy and appropriate food to the seniors and disabled people under their care, and to take steps to improve societal responsibility and sustainable development.

This charter is part of a larger series of actions taken in the National Program for Food and the National Program of Health and Nutrition. It aims to:

  • Improve food for people housed in these facilities both for their health and for their well-being.
  • Fight against food waste
  • And guarantee a local and high-quality food supply

This charter is also distributed to local actors, and serves as a reminder that food should be at the heart of medical-social establishments’ thinking. The organizations that will sign the charter pledge to promote pleasure at the table and to adapt their meals to the needs of the people they serve.

The ministries of Agriculture and Social Affairs will detail the principles of the charter in an agreement between the two ministries to increase consideration of issues linked to food in health policy. Both ministries are encouraging every institution in the medical-social industry to sign this charter.

“Medical-social establishments constitute a major sector for adapting the four pillars of the National Program for Food (social justice, education about food for young people, fighting food waste, linking with the territory and its food heritage), and can contribute through their actions to the creation of a sustainable food system that comes from local, high quality sources, adapted to the specific needs of the people concerned,” said Stéphane Le Foll, the Minister of Agriculture.