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

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    'Stark inequalities in child health' highlighted in new report

    Children’s health in the UK is at risk, with child death rates, obesity and ill-health higher than in much of Europe, according to a report published today.  The State of Child Health report, from the Royal College of Paediatrics and Child Health said poverty left children from deprived backgrounds experiencing far worse health compared with those living in the most affluent families. The college found: Infant mortality is more ...

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    Nottingham Recipe Challenge: Winners Announced

    Sian Creagh-Osborne, Food for Life Awards Programe Manager  At the end of last term Nottingham schools were set a Ready-Steady-Cook style challenge as part of their end of Food for Life Phase One celebrations. They were given five ingredients, including one mystery vegetable, and challenged to use them to create their own brand new dish. Teams could choose to add a maximum of five extra ingredients into the mix if they wanted to. We had a whole range of fantastic entries and as always I really enjoyed reading them all. In fact I was so inspired by the brilliant creations I rushed out to buy the ingredients to try some ...
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