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

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    Huddersfield nursery groups lead the way in transforming early years food culture

    We are delighted to announce that the Birkbees Nursery group and the Portland Nursery group, both in Huddersfield, are the first two groups in the country to achieve the Food for Life Early Years Award! This brilliant achievement acknowledges their commitment to providing outstanding food and food education for children across their sites. The Birkbees group were first to achieve the award for their four sites: Birkbees Day Care in Birkby, Fixbees Day Care in ...

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  • Wed

    Corn snakes and wriggly worms – all in a day’s work in Cambridgeshire

    Carrie Bewick, Cambridgeshire Programme Manager Today I had the pleasure of meeting two new Food for Life schools in Cambridgeshire: Great Paxton CE Primary School and Crosshall Infant School Academy Trust. Both have made the most of Cambridgeshire County Council funded Food for Life School Awards packages and are committed to supporting great food culture and healthy choices in their schools. Visiting a school and meeting staff and pupils is one of the great joys in our roles as Local Programme Managers around the country.  I was particularly impressed by the well-tended and productive fruit and vegetable garden and recycled bottle greenhouse at Great Paxton. Their tomatoes are certainly ...
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