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

Welcome to Food for Life

Our programme is all about transforming food culture – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm, 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 thousands of schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills through a ‘whole setting approach’. This engages pupils and parents, teachers and doctors, caterers and carers, and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

Independent evaluation of our schools programme demonstrates its positive impact on health and education as well as how benefits extend beyond the school gate. If you are a school then 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.

Based on our success in schools, and with support from the Big Lottery Fund,  we have expanded the Food for Life approach to form new partnerships. Find out about our work in Early Years settings, in hospitals, and in universities, care homes and workplaces.

An enhanced programme is available for commissioning across settings 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.

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

  • Wed

    Introducing your new look Soil Association Food for Life

    We've been busy making some changes to our brand which we wanted to share with you. This means our Twitter and Facebook pages have changed and you will need to update your links to them, as we are now @SAfoodforlife.  Why are we making any changes? You may not be aware that Food for Life is part of the Soil Association and brings together a national school awards programme with our work in wider settings including early years, hospitals, care settings and workplaces.  ...

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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


  • Tue

    Vive la Food Revolution!

    A day at Henri le Worm’s Community Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show On Monday 29 June, Food for Life were privileged to be invited as guests to the launch of Henri le Worm’s Community Garden at Hampton Court Flower Show. The garden, complete with chickens, a wormery and a shed with an edible plant roof, has been brought to life based on the award winning educational app that encourages children to enjoy learning about where their food comes from in a fun and interactive way. There are also 10 delicious recipes by Raymond Blanc for the children to try themselves. On the day I was there, I was lucky ...
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