A whole setting approach leads to outstanding food culture through:
- Integrating good food across the setting: Food for Life embeds learning about good food across the setting, reinforcing positive messages and deepening understanding of healthy and sustainable food.
- Supporting settings to establish food growing: Supporting schools/settings to start growing, no matter how much space they have, inspiring participants to handle and eat fresh, healthy food and learn how it is grown.
- Embedding learning about where food comes from: Comprehensive food education is encouraged, including farm visits. Connecting pupils/staff with the source of their food to support them to make good food choices.
- Raising the profile of food education: Organising cooking activities in schools/settings, providing exposure to the smells and sensory qualities of fresh ingredients, and learning essential skills for life.
- Elevating the value of food across the whole setting: Building a culture of engagement at every level, from senior leadership to those engaging with the food, ensuring buy-in and collaboration.
- Involving the wider community: Sharing learning with parents and the community allows the benefits of a good food culture to extend further and to more people
- Driving change at a higher level: Widespread successful implementation of a healthy and sustainable approach to food provides evidence for Soil Association policy and advocacy work at local and national government level.