Getting an award has helped schools across England 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 pupils and parents, teachers and doctors, 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.

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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    And the winners of our Roast Dinner Day competition are…

    This year we had an unprecedented number of schools taking part in our National Roast Dinner Day, celebrating the best of our cooks and caterers, with many schools taking the opportunity to invite in some lucky Food for Life staff, parents and grandparents, Councillors and farmers and Robin Hood even turned up to one school to enjoy a school dinner! We were also delighted to get a mention on Chris Evans’ Radio 2 Breakfast ...

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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


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The Food for Life Early Years Award is an independent endorsement for nurseries and children's centres that serve good quality, nutritious food.
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

What's Happening


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    Washingborough going for Gold

    Kate Shaw, Senior Programme Manager – Nottingham, Soil Association Food for Life On Friday 20th November I had the very great pleasure of joining staff and pupils at Washingborough Academy for lunch.  In exchange for a delicious meal of homemade baked beans, twice roasted potatoes, mixed veg and MSC fish followed by apple lattice pie and creamy custard I was put to work helping with plans for yet more developments the school is planning over the coming year. First I was given a tour of the school, admired the remains of a chick pea curry some of the children ahd been making during the morning, met foundation children out in their ...
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