Getting an award has helped schools across England take a stepped approach to transforming food culture

Welcome to the Food for Life Partnership

Our programme is all about transforming food culture – making healthy, tasty and nutritious meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked and understanding the importance of well-sourced ingredients. 

Through our award scheme we work with thousands of schools, helping them build knowledge and skills through a whole school approach as well as involving pupils, teachers, caterers, parents and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

Big Lottery Fund support means that it is free of charge for any school in England to join us and access a wealth of resources as well as advice and support. Begin your journey by enrolling online today. We are also supporting actions recommended by the School Food Plan through projects funded by the Department for Education - find out more here.

An enhanced programme is available for commissioning to support health and wellbeing priorities in your area. We are already achieving clear results in local authorities throughout England. Find out more here.

Independent evaluation of the schools programme demonstrates its positive impact on health and education as well as how benefits extend beyond the school gate. We are now using this success as a basis to expand the FFLP approach into other areas, piloting programmes in nurseries, hospitals, universities, care homes and workplaces.

We’re a strong and successful partnership of five charities, led by the Soil Association. Find out more about who we are here.

Our website is a wealth of information, you’ll find some helpful short guides here. If you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch.

Our Impact

The Food for Life Partnership programme achieves some amazing results, but don’t just take our word for it!

We have been shown to impact on children’s health, improve educational results, support local enterprise and tackle inequalities in local communities. Read the findings of independent evaluations of our programme and hear from the people directly involved. 

Watch this short film to find out how FFLP transforms school food culture

Latest News

  • Mon

    School food – the start of a golden age?

    The British Dietetic Association is the UK body that represents registered dietitians – qualified health professionals that assess, diagnose and treat diet and nutrition problems at an individual and wider public health level. The British Dietetic Association invited the Food for Life Partnership to talk about the School Food Plan, the importance of Universal Infant Free School Meals, and our work with schools across the country. Read what we had to say here. ...

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What can you do?

Get Growing

Get Growing

It doesn’t matter how much space you’ve got, we have loads of resources to help your school set up an area for growing food. We’ll also show you how you can plan your gardens around the school lunches, so pupils actually get to eat what they grow!

Get Growing

Get Cooking

Get Cooking

Everyone should know how to cook. By teaching children this basic life skill, they learn something practical and enjoyable that they can use for the rest of their lives to help them stay fit and healthy!

Get Cooking

Visit a Farm

Visit a Farm

We’re connected with a network of farmers all over England who can inspire and educate children about food and where it actually comes from. We aim to give every child the chance to visit a local farm during their time at school.

Visit a Farm

Healthy Lunchtimes

Healthy Lunchtimes

In Food for Life Partnership schools, children enjoy freshly prepared, locally sourced, seasonal school lunches in a pleasant calm dining room environment, making them want to come back for more!

Enjoy a Healthy Lunch

What's Happening


  • Thu

    Mrs Bowen

    I'm very excited to be making my first blog to document TJ's progress towards the FFLP Bronze Award...and I am even more excited to share how brilliantly our new plates and bowls have been received by the children across our school since September! We are not missing our flight trays in the slightest...the children have told us how much more like home it seems at dinner time! And the plates have such a great design too! Photos to follow :-)
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