Food for Life Campaigns

Each year we run Plant and Share (April) and Cook and Share (November) for everyone, including schools, early years, caterers, communities, individuals and families, to get involved in.

Why get involved?

You can join in as much or as little as you like. From downloading a recipe to organising your own Cook and Share or Plant and Share event, we have a whole host of ideas, activities and resources written by our professional team to help you get started.

  • These campaigns are a great way for settings enrolled with us to work through the Food for Life Awards criteria
  • Communities can find inspiration and step-by-step guidance for their next event or get together
  • Individuals and families can enjoy lots of simple ideas, tips and recipes to engage even the most reluctant cook or gardener!

Plant and Share

Plant and Share: 1st – 30th April 2024

Our springtime campaign Plant and Share is all about growing together.

In 2023, over 46,000 people attended a Plant and Share event across the country. Join us in 2024 as we share new and refreshed resources, inspiring stories and guidance for settings working through their Food for Life Award, along with information for communities and individuals on how to get involved in planting and sharing in the spring. 

Read some of the inspiring stories from Plant and Share last year on our blog.  

Cook and Share

Cook and Share is our autumnal campaign that brings people together in a feast of cooking, connection and conversation for when the nights are drawing in, and in 2023 it brought more than 6000 people together to connect through food. 

Whether it was a group in Darwen getting together to learn about fermentation or a catering manager in Sheffield cooking up a roast dinner for hundreds of pupils, Cook and Share continues to be a vehicle for connection during the cooler months. 

Find out more about Cook and Share here.

Ongoing campaigns for change: 

As a ‘systems change’ charity, at the Soil Association we work with our colleagues across various departments to call for action in the areas we specialise in. Here are some of the current campaigns for change we are involved in as Food for Life:

Ultra-processed foods

With Ultra-Processed Foods now making up 65% of diets for under 14s, we have been working for the past few years to raise awareness on this issue and highlight the dangers to health. In a recent report we published in December 2023, we drew on the solution we provide to this issue through set our work in schools, early years and through our Served Here catering certification to provide access to good for all. 

Free School Meals

Whilst the work continues for every child to have a healthy and sustainable meal every day, there are approximately 900,000 children in England who live in poverty yet don’t qualify for Free School Meals. This is unacceptable. We want to see the government provide healthy and high-quality school meals for all school children in the UK. 

Read more about our campaigning for Free School Meals

Find out more about all the various campaigns and causes the Soil Association is involved with.

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"Almost 50% of UK kids never get outdoors with their families but at the same time, more than nine million people often or always feel lonely. Young and older people lack opportunities to bond."James Cashmore (Director of Food for Life)

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