Food for Life and the Marmot Review


The Food for Life Partnership offers a series of joined up solutions that support health and wellbeing. Our evidence supports all six recommendations from the Marmot Review.

Give every child the best start in life: Evidence shows that FFLP increases fruit and vegetable consumption by children in at school and in the home. It also dramatically reduces the problem of the most vunerable children not taking up their healthy school meal entitlement. FFLP is "particularly effective at helping engage or re-engage pupils with learning issues and challenges." (NFER, 2011)

Enable all children, young people and adults to maximise their capabilities and have control over their lives: Twice as many primary schools received an Ofsted rating of Outstanding following their participation in FFLP.  The FFLP gives pupils and their parents access to practical food skills that give them greater control over their current and future diets.

Create fair employment and good work for all: Research by the new economics foundation found that there is more than £3 in social return on every £1 invested in Food for Life Catering Mark school menus, mostly in the form of new jobs in the local economy.

Ensure a healthy standard of living for all: “Evidence points towards the FFLP’s potential to contribute to helping ‘close the gap’ for disadvantaged children in terms of their health and academic attainment.” (NFER, 2011)

Create and develop healthy and sustainable places and communities: Food for Life Catering Mark Gold menus have up to 47% lower climate impact than standard school menus. (Manchester University, 2010)

Strengthen the role and impact of ill-health prevention: The evaluation showed a 28% increase in reported 5-a-day consumption by pupils and 45% of parents reported eating more fruit and vegetables as a family as a direct result of their engagement in FFLP. (UWE and Cardiff  University, 2011)

13% increase in free meal take up

28% increase in five a day45% parents eating more vegtwice as many outstanding ofsted

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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