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

Latest News

  • Thu

    Grandparent Gardening Week winners

    After reading all of your great Grandparent Gardening week blogs, we are delighted to announce that the winner of our national competition is Gunthorpe Primary School in Peterborough. Sian Creagh-Osborne, Senior Awards Officer said: “Gunthorpe Primary offered us a great, detailed account of their two-day gardening event, focusing not only on what had gone well, but what they would do differently next time, a brilliant way to share their learning with other Food for ...

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What's Happening


  • Tue

    Our Farmers' Market - Saturday 21st May

    What a day! Firstly a huge thank you to Val (FFL) for running some fabulous healthy eating demonstrations - it really was appreciated. We had over 40 attractions including Val!, rare breed sheep and pigs, falconry, organic barbecue, an amazing open frame bee hive and live music throughout the afternoon in our cafe. The cooking club quiches were incredibly popular and many of our exhibitors were selling out of their products! Our Gardeners produced over 750+ plants for sale on the day and the allotment, wild flower and wild life areas were a really popular attraction. It has really carried the healthy eating message forward into ...
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