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

  • Wed

    Out to Lunch league table names the family attractions serving the worst food

    A brand new league table ranking the food and drink served to children and families at the UK’s top visitor attractions is published today (Wednesday 19 October) by the Soil Association’s Out to Lunch campaign.  Weeks after the launch of a new government strategy to tackle childhood obesity, the Soil Association has uncovered a lack of healthy choices in children’s lunchboxes throughout popular visitor attractions. Of the 20 attractions surveyed, only one offered a lunchbox ...

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What's Happening


  • Mon

    What’s cooking with Jane?

    Jane Sixsmith, Head of Cooking Skills, Food for Life ​ Let me introduce myself – I’m Jane Sixsmith and I lead Cooking Skills here at Food for Life. Since April, I’ve been busy delivering training courses for schools and nurseries and I get to pick up (and pass on) some great tips about cooking activities that are happening around the country. I call my training course Teaching Cooking Confidently and it is useful to hear about the impact and outcomes when participants try out ideas and recipes with their children. Over the past week I’ve had two bits of feedback that show great practice: From ...
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