With current challenges needing greater flexibility, this new award will recognise and celebrate the progress schools and nurseries have made despite including tighter budgets, less time, and lower capacity.
Schools and nurseries continue to work hard to create meaningful change for the health of children and the planet, despite factors beyond their control working against them. This new award will recognise their dedication and provide a milestone for schools to celebrate on their journey. The Foundation Award demonstrates that 75% of Food for Life criteria has been met and is a fantastic first step on the Food for Life Award journey, especially for those who are considering enrolling for the first time.
Already, over 20 settings have been awarded their Food for Life Foundation Award, and they’ve been celebrating with award presentation events which have even been inspiring more pupils to get involved.
Charlotte Long, Senior Programme Manager at Food for Life, says:
“We recognise that schools and nurseries have a lot of challenges, and we want to make the Food for Life award work for them and their individual needs and circumstances. We are really pleased to be able to make it more flexible with the addition of the new Foundation Award level. We can’t wait to welcome more people and settings to join the Food for Life journey.”
Natalie Brown, Food for Life lead at The Hall Primary School who have recently received their Food for Life Foundation Award, says:
“We got stuck on the criteria relating to getting rid of the flight trays. This is not something that is possible in our school at this time and has prevented us from obtaining the Bronze Award, so it's nice to find out that the other work we have been completing has been recognised.”