Getting an award has helped schools across England take a stepped approach to transforming food culture

Welcome to Food for Life

Our programme is all about transforming food culture – making healthy, tasty and sustainable meals the norm, reconnecting people with where their food comes from, teaching them how it’s grown and cooked, and championing the importance of well-sourced ingredients. 

We work with thousands of schools, nurseries, hospitals and care homes, helping them build knowledge and skills through a ‘whole setting approach’. This engages pupils and parents, teachers and doctors, caterers and carers, and the wider community to create a powerful voice for long-term change.

Independent evaluation of our schools programme demonstrates its positive impact on health and education as well as how benefits extend beyond the school gate. If you are a school then begin your journey by enrolling online today. We are also supporting actions recommended by the School Food Plan through projects funded by the Department for Education - find out more here.

Based on our success in schools, and with support from the Big Lottery Fund,  we have expanded the Food for Life approach to form new partnerships. Find out about our work in Early Years settings, in hospitals, and in universities, care homes and workplaces.

An enhanced programme is available for commissioning across settings to support health and wellbeing priorities in your area. We are already achieving clear results in local authorities throughout England. Find out more about our commissions here.

Food for Life is a Soil Association programme – find out more about who we are here. A wealth of information is available on our website, but if you can't find what you're looking for, please get in touch.

Our Impact

The Food for Life programme achieves some amazing results, but don’t just take our word for it!

We have been shown to impact on children’s health, improve educational results, support local enterprise and tackle inequalities in local communities. Read the findings of independent evaluations of our programme and hear from the people directly involved. 

Watch this short film to find out how FFLP transforms school food culture

Latest News

  • Wed

    Bristol schools share their love for growing during 15 Big Picnics

    Over the past 10 days, 15 amazing ‘Big Picnics’ have taken place across Bristol, an initiative driven by FFLP’s Bristol Programme Manager Glyn Owen and delivered by local providers who have generously given up their time. At each picnic, taking place during Bristol Big Green Week, up to 30 pupils per school brought along a food plant they had grown to swap with another school, and enjoyed an array of special workshops and cookery ...

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What can you do?

Get Growing

Get Growing

It doesn’t matter how much space you’ve got, we have loads of resources to help your school set up an area for growing food. We’ll also show you how you can plan your gardens around the school lunches, so pupils actually get to eat what they grow!

Get Growing

Get Cooking

Get Cooking

Everyone should know how to cook. By teaching children this basic life skill, they learn something practical and enjoyable that they can use for the rest of their lives to help them stay fit and healthy!

Get Cooking

Visit a Farm

Visit a Farm

We’re connected with a network of farmers all over England who can inspire and educate children about food and where it actually comes from. We aim to give every child the chance to visit a local farm during their time at school.

Visit a Farm

Healthy Lunchtimes

Healthy Lunchtimes

In Food for Life Partnership schools, children enjoy freshly prepared, locally sourced, seasonal school lunches in a pleasant calm dining room environment, making them want to come back for more!

Enjoy a Healthy Lunch

What's Happening


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    Abbey Home Farm: Bringing Food for Life to life

    Last week I joined a small group of year 10’s from Bristol on a trip to Abbey Home Farm in Cirencester to experience first-hand their brand new residential suite and educational facilities. The day began with a short introduction to the farm by Maya, the Education Officer. Abbey Home Farm has been in the family for over 500 years, growing vegetables and grains as well as chickens, pigs, and cattle which provide for their on-site Organic Farm Shop and Café. Maya explained how the farm produces its food without the use of chemicals and ensures the minimum amount of food miles possible - fully embracing the full Food ...
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