Food for Life Partnership wins prestigious BBC Award

23 November 2011 - Today the Food for Life Partnership was awarded the prestigious BBC Radio 4 Derek Cooper Award. The award recognises "unsung heroes, whose work has increased our access to, and knowledge and appreciation of, good food".

Award ceremony host Sheila Dillon, presenter of The Food Programme, has described the Food for Life Partnership as "the most important food project in Europe”. She commented: "For years, for decades, we've been looking for this golden way of changing attitudes to food. The Food for Life Partnership has changed things. You've seen the evidence, it's remarkable. It seems to me that if we lost what the Food for Life Partnership has achieved it would not only be a disaster for the schools and the children, it would be a disaster for the entire British society".

School children at Begbrook SchoolEmma Noble, co-director of the Food for Life Partnership, collected the award saying:
“I am delighted to accept this award on behalf of the Food for Life Partnership and the 4,200 schools and communities across England who are working hard to transform their food culture. This is a fantastic opportunity to celebrate impact the Food for Life Partnership is having. We know that children are eating more fruit and veg as a result; that the programme helps ‘close the gap’ in health and academic attainment between disadvantaged children and their peers; schools show a significant increase in free school meal uptake which is crucial in encouraging healthy eating habits; and twice as many primary schools received an Outstanding Ofsted rating after working with the Food for Life Partnership.”

Jeanette Orrey, school meals policy advisor for the Food for Life Partnership said
"Winning the award today highlights how important it is to continue this crucial work ensuring young people have access to healthy school meals and the skills they need to make informed food choices. Our Big Lottery funding is set to finish at the end of this year and we are working with supporters and partners to help grow and extend the programme over the next year and beyond. If you'd like to explore the value the Food for Life Partnership can bring to your area we'd love to hear from you."

Kevin Morgan, professor of governance and development at Cardiff University, who nominated the programme said: "Jamie Oliver deserves credit for putting school food back on the political agenda. However, the most ambitious programme in the UK to date has been the Food for Life Partnership, which champions a whole-school approach and is working with over 4,200 schools in England to enable children to eat good food, learn where it comes from, how it is produced and how to grow it and cook it themselves."

Read more about R4's Food & Farming Awards on the BBC website.

If you're interested in working with the Food for Life Partnership the get in touch fflp@foodforlife.org.uk

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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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