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.

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

  • Mon

    Celebrating our first Food for Life Early Years Award holders!

    We're delighted to let you know that two Huddersfield nurseries, Fixbees Day Care in Fixby and Oakwood House Nursery and Forest School in Edgerton, have become the first in the country to achieve our new Early Years award. The award requires nurseries and children’s centres to demonstrate that they are providing tasty, nutritious meals in an environment that encourages good social skills and healthy choices. They are also supporting the development of good food habits for life ...

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What's Happening


  • Wed

    Children questionnaire feedback and growing update !

    Following a recent questionnaire that the kids did about food for life, two areas are, in the children's opinion, something which school could improve on that  are important to them. Firstly, the children would like to do more in the learning to how to cook section, some of the comments were really sweet, for example I love to cook, I wish I can cook and I'd like to learn how to cook more healthy food . Tam our year 6 teacher has been on a course with special reference to cooking in the curriculum and were hoping to start this very soon. With regard to the fantastic vegetable ...
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