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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    FFL Hospital Leaders lead receives Public Health and Wellbeing Award

    We are delighted to announce that Ruth Breese, Community Dietician at South Warwickshire NHS Foundation Trust (SWFT) has been recognised for her work developing a whole hospital food strategy at the PHE Excellence in Public Health and Wellbeing Awards. The celebration event honoured unsung heroes from across England who are leading local initiatives to improve the nation’s health and wellbeing and who go above and beyond to make local schemes and initiatives a success.  Ruth ...

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    Joining Milton-on-Stour for their Food for Life Day

    Siân Creagh-Osborne, Food for Life Awards Programe Manager Last week I was lucky enough to be invited along to Milton-on-Stour Primary's end of term Food for Life day. Milton-on-Stour is a long time Food for Life Gold school in Dorset. They first went Gold back in 2011 and have maintained that status ever since. Their Food for Life day is an annual event and celebrates all the wonderful Food for Life work they do throughout the year, with parents and governors all invited along too.  The format is simple. The school splits in two: half the day is spent on a walk and visit to a local farm with the ...
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