Transforming Food Culture

The Food for Life Partnership doesn't promise to provide a quick fix.  We’re about encouraging lasting and sustainable change to the way we all think about food, our wider environment and our health.

Why does it matter?

As a society we are increasingly distanced from our food – how it’s grown, how it’s produced and what’s in it. The type of food we eat has a huge impact on our society for a number of reasons. In 2005, the British Medical Association predicted that by 2020 a quarter of children in the UK will be obese, and most children will have a shorter life expectancy than their parents. We also know that not being able to cook from fresh ingredients means people are more likely to turn to less healthy convenience foods that are high in salt, sugar and saturated fats.

Transform your food culture

Develop your own unique food culture – and give those involved the confidence and voice to share their ideas and opinions. Schools - you can bring in parents to share a school lunch with the pupils; find gardening enthusiasts to help with the school gardens; make links with local suppliers and producers; visit a farm to see how good animal welfare practices can really make a difference or hold a farmers market in your school grounds. 

Food has the power to unite communities, and so at the heart of our programme is a desire to create a meaningful partnership between schools, food providers and the wider community so that good food and associated health benefits becomes a reality for all.

"For school meals to succeed food culture must involve the whole school, connecting cooking, growing and farm visits."Jeanette Orrey (Co-Founder - FFLP)

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Cooking, growing and eating great school meals lead to real learning!

As one of the very first Food for Life Partnership Gold schools, St Andrew's in Shifnal, Shropshire is a shining example of how a school can transform their food culture. Not only have they embraced the FFLP ethos, they have used their FFLP activities to enrich and enhance their core curriculum, further supporting the embedding of the programme.