The Food for Life award framework supports schools to take a stepped approach to transforming food culture

Welcome to Food for Life

Our programme is about making good food the easy choice for everyone – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm for all to enjoy, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients.

We work with schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills through a ‘whole setting approach’. This engages children and parents, staff, patients and visitors, caterers, carers and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

An enhanced version of our evidence-based 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 about our commissions here.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are here. A wealth of information is available on our website, but if you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch.

Where we work


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The Food for Life Schools programme is our flagship programme, widely commissioned by public health teams and taken up by schools across the country.
Schools Awards

Early Years

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A Food for Life Early Years Award is a great way to for Nurseries and Children’s Centres to demonstrate that they are giving every child in their care the best possible start to their food journey.
Early Years Award


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We are supporting NHS Trusts to develop a Food and Drink Strategy, in line with the Department of Health's Hospital Food Standards Panel report.
Food and Drink Strategy

Care Homes

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We offer support to care settings to achieve the Food for Life Catering Mark standards for food quality and nutrition and to adopt a whole setting approach to food.
Care Settings

Our Impact

The Food for Life 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

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    Government must support schools to achieve actions set out in Childhood Obesity Strategy

    Following disappointment that the long awaited Childhood Obesity Strategy did not include two key measures recommended by Public Health England around banning junk food advertising and price promotions, it is now imperative that the government demonstrate their commitment to children’s health through urgent and decisive action around other areas of the strategy. The ‘Plan for Action’ states that schools are a ‘vital part of their plan’ and have the opportunity to ‘support healthier ...

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    Rhubarb Muffins

    Our rhubarb was ready to use just before the food fest, so perfect timing to make muffins with! Here we are pulling the Rhubarb After we washed it we chopped it upWe read the recipe to see what to do next. We measured and weighed the ingredients we needed, which used lots of maths skills! We talked about solids and liquids as we had to mix the dry and wet ingredients seperately. Then we mixed it all together before putting it into baking cases and cooking them. Lots of us thought they were delicious! Some people thought the Rhubarb ...
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