Our Supporters

Support for Food for Life comes in many shapes and sizes. It comes from those who have helped to fund the programme, primarily the Big Lottery Fund - who not only enabled us to set up and run the programme for our first five years, but also continued to support us as we moved to a commissioned model and developed into new areas. Other funders such as the Daylesford Foundation have given us very much appreciated help along the way too. Find out more about them. 

The programme also gets support from some people who may well be familiar to you, who share our aim of good food for all. You can read what they say below. 

Finally, our programme can only work with the support of many fantastic individuals who are making it happen 'on the ground' - amongst them teachers, parents, children, cookscaterers,midday supervisors, volunteers, commissioners, farmers...the list is long, but we thank you all for your tremendous work. 

  • Jamie Oliver

    Jamie Oliver

    "I am massively encouraged by the success of Food for Life. This evidence proves what the best teachers know - that food education and school meals doesn’t just have a big impact on kids' health, it also helps them to concentrate and succeed in school. Food for Life is doing an amazing job making sure that no kid leaves school unable to cook and unsure where their food comes from." www.jamieoliverfoundation.org.uk

  • Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

    Hugh Fearnley-Whittingstall

    "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." www.rivercottage.net

  •  Kevin Morgan

    Kevin Morgan, Professor of Governance and Development, Cardiff University

    "TV chef Jamie Oliver is credited with putting school food back on the political agenda. However, the most ambitious programme in the UK to date has been Food for Life, which champions a whole school approach."

  • Sheila Dillon

    Sheila Dillon, journalist and presenter, BBC Radio 4 Food Programme

    "For years, for decades, we've been looking for this golden way of changing attitudes to food. Food for Life has changed things. You've seen the evidence, it's remarkable. It seems to me that if we lost what the Food for Life Partnership has achieved it would not only be a disaster for the schools and the children, it would be a disaster for the entire British society."  BBC Radio 4 Food Programme.

  • Fern Britton

    Fern Britton, television presenter

    "Young people in Food for Life schools are cooking, growing and eating fresh, seasonal, local and organic food, and reconnecting with the farms that produce their food. These children and their families are celebrating good food and best of all, it's giving them what will probably be some of the most enjoyable experiences of their school lives."

"Food for Life is doing an amazing job making sure that no kid leaves school unable to cook and unsure where their food comes from"Jamie Oliver (Chef & Campaigner)