What impact has Food for Life had so far?
Here are some headlines from independent evaluation of the Soil Association Food for Life programme (formerly Food for Life Partnership). You can read more in our report - Good Food for All.
Improving Children's Health
- A 28% increase in primary school-age children reporting eating 5-a-day.
- 45% of parents said their family was eating more vegetables, with 43% switching to healthier and more sustainable choices in the shopping basket.
- Twice as many primary schools received an Ofsted rating of outstanding following their participation with Food for Life.
- Many head teachers reported a positive impact on pupil behaviour, attention and attainment.
- 67.1% of schools felt the programme had a clear impact on their Ofsted report in terms of pupils' personal development and well-being.
- In non-FFL schools, over 20% of primary school pupils and 30% of secondary school pupils are eligible for healthy free school meals, but choose not to eat them for fear of stigma or the lure of fast food outlets.
- In FFL schools over a two-year period, free school meal take-up increased by 13% in primary schools, 20.9% in secondary schools, and by 21% across the board in schools achieving our Silver or Gold award.
Improving Local Enterprise & Sustainability
- Children eating school meals rose by 5% over two years, making them much more cost effective to cater.
- Over £3 in social, economic and environmental value was created for every £1 spent on Food for Life menus. This was mainly in the form of new jobs in the local economy.
These statistics came from the following evaluations - you will find the full reports to download in our Evaluation Reports section:
- Food for Life Partnership Evaluation, Orme J et al, 2011
- Qualitative Impact Evaluation of the Food for Life Programme, Teeman D et al, 2011
- FFLP: Monitoring the Impact of the Growing Skills Programme, Barrett Hacking E et al, 2011
- The Benefits of Procuring School Meals through the FFLP: An economic analysis for FFLP, Kersley H, 2011