Soil Association awarded £5 million to use “good food” to change lives

FFL Get Togethers Food for Life has secured £5.1m from the National Lottery Community Fund to deliver a new nationwide programme. 

Rooted in partnerships with groups of schools, early years providers and organisations supporting older people, ‘Food for Life Get Togethers’ will use the power of good food to connect people of all ages through growing, cooking and eating together. The project joins forces with six partners across England, Wales, Scotland and Northern Ireland and will work in some of the UK’s poorest and most ethnically diverse areas.  

James Cashmore, Director of Food for Life, said; “Good food has the power to change lives. Currently, UK families eat the most unhealthy “ultra-processed” food in Europe and a third of children leave primary school overweight or obese. 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.“ 

Joe Ferns, UK Funding Director at The National Lottery Community Fund, said: “We’re proud to be supporting Food for Life Get Togethers to unlock the power of good food to help tackle loneliness and unhealthy eating. Thanks to National Lottery players more people across the UK will be able to come together to improve their nutrition, build stronger relationships and help their community thrive.”

We know that having the chance to get together, share a fresh, healthy meal and have a chat can change people’s day to day lives. The four year programme will inspire healthy relationships between people, their food and one another through community-led and nationwide events where communities grow, cook and eat together. Read more about the project and get involved