What We Do

Food for Life brings schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, and their surrounding communities together around the core ethos of healthy, tasty and sustainable food. The programme is about more than just food on the plate; it considers where food comes from and how it’s grown, cooked and experienced. We provide practical advice and support, and reward and celebrate success. 

Our Early Years Award provides an independent endorsement for nurseries and children’s centres that serve good quality, nutritious food and support the babies and children in their care to develop good eating habits for life. 

Our School Award supports schools to take a whole school approach that sees them grow their own food; organise trips to farms; source food from local producers; set up school farmers’ markets; hold community food events; provide cooking and growing clubs for pupils and their families; serve freshly prepared, well-sourced meals and provide an attractive dining environment so lunchtimes are a positive feature of the school day. 

Our Hospital Leaders programme supports NHS Trusts to serve appetising, nutritious and sustainable meals to patients, staff and visitors, and take a health-promoting approach to food in hospitals. 

Each of these programmes, as well as our work in universities, care homes and workplaces, is underpinned by a whole setting approach.

An enhanced programme is available for commissioning across settings 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.

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If ALL primary schools in England were FFL schools 100,000 more children would be eating at least some fruit and vegetables.

Transforming Food Culture

A good food culture is about understanding how food is grown, learning about sustainability, making connections with health and the impact we make on the environment, and caring about what we eat and how it was produced or reared.

The more we understand about where our food comes from, how we farm and process it, how we cook and eat it, the more we can build a good food culture, and educate future generations to respect our food, our health and our wider environment.

  • Good for children's health
  • Good for local enterprise & sutainability

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Transforming Food Culture

Whole Setting Approach

We encourage everyone to get involved in Food for Life. By bringing together pupils and parents, teachers and doctors, caterers, carers and the wider community in a whole setting approach, we can make a real and long lasting change.

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Whole Setting Approach

Catering Mark

The Soil Association developed the Food for Life Catering Mark as a way of recognising and awarding caterers who use freshly prepared, local, seasonal and organic ingredients, including high welfare meat and sustainable fish.

If you’re a caterer and want to demonstrate that you care about the food you source and how you prepare it, why not apply for the Catering Mark?

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Soil Association Food for Life Catering Mark