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 FFL transforms school food culture

Latest News

  • Thu

    A letter from a school cook, to a school cook

    Over the last 10 years, over 5,000 schools have taken part in the Food for Life Programme. This means that you, as cooks, and your catering teams have seen the difference that you can make by improving what children eat at lunchtime and teaching them about where their food comes from. I would like to say a massive thank you for all the fantastic work you have done and continue to do. The overwhelming improvements ...

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    My Food for Life Journey

    Lisa Jones, Head of Supporter Development Lisa tells us about the Christmas Lunch she shared with the pupils of a Food for Life School... A few years back, when I was involved with the Food For Life programme, I had the privilege (and it was a privilege) of working with a school for children with behavioural and learning difficulties in Devon.   The teachers had explained to me that many of the pupils had difficult home lives and that for many of them the school was a haven. In my encounters with the school I was full of admiration for the school team and how they interacted with the pupils.  Behavioural problems ...
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