Food for Life Partnership success recognised by continued Big Lottery funding

Food for Life Partnership success recognised by continued Big Lottery funding

21 March 2012 – The Food for Life Partnership has been awarded further Lottery funding of £1million as part of an initiative by the Big Lottery Fund to support its grantholders in the tough economic environment.

The Food for Life Partnership has been funded with a £16.9m Big Lottery Fund grant for the last five years and will use the further £1m funding to continue and expand its work. We would like to thank BIG for their continued support, recognising the success of the programme and the impact it has had on schoosl and communities across England.

Libby Grundy, director of the Food for Life Partnership said, "We are delighted that the power of the Food for Life Partnership programme has been recognised by the BIG Lottery Fund, and we look forward to expanding our model that we know is changing young people’s life chances."

The future of the Food for Life Partnership lies in continuing the growth of our national programme through locally commissioned models. This grant will enable us to work with local authorities who now have responsibility for public health and new partners to develop the programme.

Our national partnership of four charities – Soil Association, Focus on Food Campaign, Health Education Trust and Garden Organic – can flexibly accommodate new partners at a local level, where they are best placed to deliver any one or more aspects of the programme.

We are currently working to develop commissioning models and are pleased to announce the first three confirmed pioneer areas are Devon, Lincolnshire and Calderdale. We look forward to working with them to deliver their local agendas around public health and extending our pioneer group. Please let us know if you would like to explore how the Food for Life Partnership can work in your area.

In the first instance please get in touch via the Food for Life Partnership enquiry line:
fflp@foodforlife.org.uk, 0117 3145180

Lynne McNiven, Assistant Director of Public Health for NHS Lincolnshire said, 'I have commissioned FFLP because I see them as an integral part of the overarching prevention strategy which underpins our life course approach to childhood obesity in Lincolnshire. They deliver an excellent programme that schools love and that is backed up by a sound evidence base. They have also proven to be excellent partnership workers here in Lincolnshire."

Gaynor Scholefield, Public Health Manager for NHS Calderdale said, "This new funding shows that the Food for Life Partnership is delivering results and is leading the way in tackling obesity in the school environment. Calderdale shares this vision and is excited about the many potential benefits this Programme will deliver".

Described by BBC Radio 4 presenter Sheila Dillon as the "the most important food project in Europe”, the FFLP was recently awarded the Food & Farming Derek Cooper Award recognising "unsung food heroes”.

Presenting the award, Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall said: “The positive effect of the work is absolutely unambiguous. It’s proven academically, but more to the point it’s proven in the bright eyes and busy attitude of the kids and the fantastic commitment of their head teachers.

Long-time supporter Jamie Oliver said, “The expertise and the passion and the whole school approach that the Food for Life Partnership has is absolutely leading the way at the front line of the fight against obesity – end of story.”
Find out more about the impact of the Food for Life Partnership in its first five years of funding by the Big Lottery Fund.

The Big Lottery Fund’s £16.9m support for the Food for Life Partnership comes from its £165m Well-being programme, which provides funding to support the development of healthier lifestyles and to improve well-being. Today’s £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.

Full details of the work of the Big Lottery Fund, its programmes and awards are available on the website: www.biglotteryfund.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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