Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Who are the partners?

A: The Food for Life Partnership is led by the Soil Association working in partnership with the Focus on Food Campaign, Health Education Trust and Garden Organic. To find out more about each partner organisation, visit the Who we are pages.

Q: How is the Food for Life Partnership funded?

A: Until 2011 we received a £16.9m grant from the Big Lottery Fund-  find out more about the impact of the Food for Life Partnership in its first five years of funding.

The current £1m grant is part of BIG’s Supporting Change & Impact initiative, a package of support totalling over £70m which is designed to help BIG’s grantholders cope with the developing impact of public funding cuts.

The programme is now available to be commissioned by Local Authorities.

Q: So what is the Food for Life Partnership award scheme all about?

A: The Food for Life Partnership award scheme is a framework to help schools and their communities transform their food culture. Food for Life Partnership schools are committed to serving freshly prepared, well sourced food and linking pupils with the farms where it was produced, while inspiring them to cook and grow food for themselves.

Q: How can my school join?

A: All primary and seconday schools in England can join us by filling in a short online enrolment form. Find out more about our award scheme for schools and join today.

Q: Who can get involved with the Food for Life Partnership?

A: Our mission is to make schools become the hub of their local community. We want young people, parents, teachers, caterers, farmers and fellow organisations to benefit from getting connected and working together.

Q: Can nurseries join the Food for Life Partnership?

A: At this stage, we are unable to enroll nurseries in our Food for Life programme as the original funding which funded the development of the programme required us to focus on improving the well-being of 5 to 18 year olds. However, the Soil Association's Food for Life Catering Mark can be undertaken by any caterer and is a great way to gain the recognition you deserve for all of your good work serving great food.

The Food for Life Partnership is a network of schools and communities across England committed to transforming food culture. Together we are revolutionising school meals, reconnecting children and young people with where their food comes from, and inspiring families to grow and cook food.

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