Getting an award has helped schools across England take a stepped approach to transforming food culture

Welcome to the Food for Life Partnership

Our programme is all about transforming food culture – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm, 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 thousands of 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 and carers, and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

Independent evaluation of our schools programme demonstrates its positive impact on health and education as well as how benefits extend beyond the school gate. If you are a school then begin your journey by enrolling online today. We are also supporting actions recommended by the School Food Plan through projects funded by the Department for Education - find out more here.

Based on our success in schools, and with support from the Big Lottery Fund,  we have expanded the Food for Life Partnership approach to form new partnerships. Find out about our work in Early Years settings, in hospitals, and in universities, care homes and workplaces.

An enhanced programme is available for commissioning across settings 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.

The Food for Life Partnership is comprised of five charities, led by the Soil Association – 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 Partnership 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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    Announcing our spring term competition winner

    “Every single element of Newcroft’s application was detailed with a great variety of examples. We were particularly impressed by the range of cooking, growing and farming activities taking place. Our team was blown away by the importance the school places on encouraging cooking and growing at home as well as during the school day. This included homework projects, grandparent gardening initiatives, and 'taste the difference' projects where families are invited to taste the difference between ...

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What can you do?

Get Growing

Get Growing

It doesn’t matter how much space you’ve got, we have loads of resources to help your school set up an area for growing food. We’ll also show you how you can plan your gardens around the school lunches, so pupils actually get to eat what they grow!

Get Growing

Get Cooking

Get Cooking

Everyone should know how to cook. By teaching children this basic life skill, they learn something practical and enjoyable that they can use for the rest of their lives to help them stay fit and healthy!

Get Cooking

Visit a Farm

Visit a Farm

We’re connected with a network of farmers all over England who can inspire and educate children about food and where it actually comes from. We aim to give every child the chance to visit a local farm during their time at school.

Visit a Farm

Healthy Lunchtimes

Healthy Lunchtimes

In Food for Life Partnership schools, children enjoy freshly prepared, locally sourced, seasonal school lunches in a pleasant calm dining room environment, making them want to come back for more!

Enjoy a Healthy Lunch

What's Happening


  • Tue

    More than mud: How school gardens are growing better food culture

    In a world where a lemon can be grown in Europe, sent to South Africa for waxing, flown to Japan for packaging, and then shipped back to our stores in Britain (the long way around), it’s not hard to see why some children may answer “the fridge” or “the supermarket” when asked where their food comes from. And who could blame them for giving the simplest explanation when the production process can be so complicated. Therefore, it is a welcome breathe of fresh air to see how Food for Life schools are becoming leaders in nurturing the next generation of conscious consumers - by proving that you can ...
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